Is tooth sensitivity holding you back?
When was the last time you were able to enjoy ice cream, drink ice water, or eat delicious baked goods fresh out of the oven without feeling pain?
The discomfort you feel isn’t normal, but it can be fixed by a dentist. To get started on treating your problem, it’s important to understand one very important thing.
What causes sensitive teeth?
Tooth sensitivity is the discomfort you feel when you eat or drink something hot, cold, or sweet. Some people even experience pain when they breathe in cool air. Dentists describe this feeling as dentin hypersensitivity or root sensitivity.
There are many things that can cause sensitive teeth.
Acidic foods cause your enamel to erode, leaving your teeth vulnerable to sensitivity. If you eat a lot of citrus fruits or yogurt or you drink a lot of pop or wine, you should include low-acidic foods in your diet. This can help neutralize the effects of high-acidic foods. When it comes to drinking high acidic beverages, use a straw to limit the contact of the liquid with your teeth.
Brushing too hard
Toothbrush companies manufacture brushes with bristles that range from soft to hard. We recommend a soft or super soft toothbrush to prevent abrasion from a hard brush.
A soft toothbrush combined with a desensitizing toothpaste is one of the simplest things you can do to fight tooth sensitivity. While you won’t notice the results right away, you should notice some improvements after only a few uses.
When you’re brushing your teeth, make sure you’re not brushing too hard. This is not only unnecessary, but also wears down your enamel and creates sensitive spots. If the bristles on your toothbrush aren’t all pointing in the same direction, you’re brushing too hard.
Constant teeth grinding
Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, is one of your body’s natural reactions to stress, but if left unchecked it can cause more problems. Clenching and grinding over-stresses your teeth and creates cracks and wear. When this happens, dentin (the sensitive layer under your enamel) becomes exposed and makes your teeth sensitive to hot and cold temperatures.
If you suspect that you may be grinding your teeth, schedule an appointment with your dentist to discuss treatment options.
How can I protect my sensitive teeth?
If you’ve tried including low-acidic foods into your diet and switching the way you brush your teeth, your next step should be to contact your dentist. They will perform an examination with dental x-rays to determine the cause and work with you to help you enjoy your favourite foods and drinks. Dr. Andrea Stevens
and her team are available to answer any of your questions surrounding sensitive teeth.