If you are fond of eating and drinking hot and cold food and beverages, teeth sensitivity can be a real deal breaker. Teeth sensitivity might be something that not all people take seriously but it should still not be neglected and should be addressed. There are ways by which teeth sensitivity can be relieved, toothpastes designed for this condition are also available. However, these methods are only able to provide temporary relief. It is always better to understand the underlying issues behind teeth sensitivity so that it can be successfully addressed and avoided.
Teeth sensitivity happens when there is a thinning of your enamel – the enamel is the protective layer of your teeth – and the dentin gets exposed (dentin is the surface under the enamel). This is usually because of tooth erosion, acid attack and gum recession which exposes your dentin, making your teeth sensitive to hot or cold food and beverages. When you have sensitive teeth, you also have the tendency to feel that sharp pain even when breathing cold air.
What are the common causes of teeth sensitivity?
- Gum and periodontal problems
- Receding gums that expose your dentin
- Tooth erosion
- Aggressively brushing your teeth
- Tooth decay
If you are suffering from teeth sensitivity, here’s how you can alleviate the pain or discomfort.
- You can try the toothpastes that are especially made for sensitive teeth. These products are specifically designed to help patients find relief from teeth sensitivity. These toothpastes work by increasing protection to the dentin by the ingredient it contains which is called potassium nitrate. This may not work 100% for everyone with teeth sensitivity but it’s worth a try and must be used regularly for better results.
- Make sure you follow careful brushing instead of brushing aggressively so that you can avoid causing damage to your teeth enamel and reduce the risk of suffering from sensitivity. You also have to use a soft bristled toothbrush. Making a change on your manner of brushing and doing it with extra care can make a positive difference.
- Try to stay away from the food and beverages that have a high acid content. There are food and beverages that contribute to the thinning of your teeth enamel and these are red wine, oranges and other fruit juices. Try to avoid these food or at least limit your consumption and do not brush your teeth immediately after consuming these so that you do not hurt your enamel. Wait for about 20 minutes before brushing.
- If toothpastes for teeth sensitivity do not give you the relief you need, there are other options and solutions that you can take advantage of. You can ask your dentist about painted-on barriers. Your dentist can apply fluoride varnish or plastic resins on the areas of your teeth that are highly sensitive so as to reduce the feeling of sensitivity. The protection and relief these things offer may last for a couple of months but you can have your dentist reapply them whenever needed.
- Stop grinding your teeth. Grinding your teeth will only cause damage to your tooth enamel and will only increase sensitivity. However, if you are suffering from the condition called bruxism, then you may not be aware that you actually grind your teeth because it only happens at night when you sleep. When you know that you have bruxism, the next best thing you can do is to consult your dentist so that he can recommend a night guard for you.
- Address receding gum problems. Gum recession is usually a result of gum problems and infections and when you have this, you must consult your dentist right away so that he can provide you a treatment plan that will rebuild your receded gums and eventually reduce your teeth sensitivity.
Understanding the reasons behind having sensitive teeth is important so that proper treatment can be provided. It is also as important to be aware of the things that you can do in order to avoid this, and that means being able to maintain good oral hygiene to better protect your teeth and gums.
For more information on the prevention and treatment of teeth sensitivity, you can call Altima Dental Group of West Kendall at (305) 224-6140, or visit us at 16371 SW 88th Street Miami, FL 33196.