Tooth sensitivity is a common dental problem that causes discomfort and pain. There are a few different ways to take care of your sensitive teeth.
- Brushing too hard can wear down enamel, causing dentin (very sensitive part of tooth underneath the enamel) to become exposed.
- Gum recession. This often happens in people who suffer from periodontal disease.
- Cracked teeth.
- Plaque Buildup.
- Teeth grinding or clenching. This can wear down enamel.
- Acidic foods. These can encourage enamel reduction.
- Dental procedures. Teeth may be sensitive after professional cleaning, root planing, crown replacement and other tooth restoration procedures. Usually, the pain will disappear in four to six weeks.
There are many different ways to help eliminate sensitive tooth pain. Consider the following:
- Applying a thin layer of sensitive toothpaste to your teeth before you go to bed
- Changing to a soft-bristled toothbrush.
- Avoid highly acidic foods and drinks like lemons and soda.
- Use a fluoridated mouthwash daily to strengthen the outer part of enamel.
- Avoid teeth grinding. Ask your dentist about getting a mouth guard.
Be sure to communicate with your dental hygienist or dentist about your sensitive teeth. There are many different ways to relieve the pain, the sooner you ask the better!