What can I do about Sensitive Teeth?
Tooth sensitivity can happen to anyone but it’s most common among
those ages 20-40.
It starts when the outermost layer of the tooth, called the enamel,
erodes. The pigmented layer beneath it, or the dentin, becomes exposed, which
then results in increased sensitivity.
Possible Causes of Enamel
- Acids. Bacteria feed off sugary food and then
produce acids that beat down the enamel. This leads to the thinning of the
enamel and exposure of the dentin.
gums. Tartar not
removed on tooth surfaces may cause receding gums. The gums protect the teeth
against bacteria. Once they weaken, they become loose and form pockets where
bacteria invade. This can also trigger tooth sensitivity.
too hard. Aggressive
brushing and using a brush with hard bristles can also cause the enamel to wear
whitening. Getting your
teeth whitened may cause sensitivity but this should not last. Let your dentist
know if you already have sensitive teeth prior to the procedure.
grinding. When you
grind or clench your teeth, this can also erode the enamel and damage your
teeth. This can be difficult to diagnose as it occurs while you’re asleep. Your
dentist can check for signs that you may be grinding your teeth. They can also
customize a nightguard to protect your enamel.
Tips to Relieve
Sensitivity can cause extreme pain in your teeth. The level of
discomfort varies. Here are some ways on how you can manage and feel better.
- Take note of your triggers and avoid them
- Talk to your dentist about using fluoride
toothpaste or toothpaste types specifically made for sensitive teeth.
- Maintain good oral hygiene. Don’t forget to
floss between teeth and below the gumline.
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush or switch to an
electric toothbrush. Spend at least two minutes to cover all areas of the
mouth, including your tongue.
- Don’t brush right after a meal as your teeth
are highly vulnerable to acid attacks at this time. Wait at least an hour.
- Stay on top of your routine dental visits.
If your tooth sensitivity persists and only gets worse, contact your
doctor for possible treatments. Don’t let sensitivity get in the way of you
enjoying your daily life.
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