Coping with Sensitive Teeth
Tooth sensitivity can be a real pain, and if you are dealing with sensitivity, you may feel stinging or throbbing in the event that you consume hot or cold drinks and food. For the most part, teeth become sensitive when their protective layers have worn away. This exposes the dentin of the tooth, and this portion is full of small tubes with nerve endings that run through them. Fortunately, there are several ways that you can try to cope with and reduce tooth sensitivity. Contact Dr. Matthews if you are experiencing sensitivity to your teeth.
Avoid Drinks and Food with High Acid Levels
Exposure to acidic food and drinks, including soda, juices, oranges, pickles, and even wine, can be harmful to your teeth. Limit your consumption of these foods, and try to brush your teeth immediately after eating them.
Choose Toothpaste for Sensitive Teeth
Several different toothpaste brands are made specifically for people who experience tooth sensitivity. Many of these pastes include potassium nitrate, and this ingredient works to block the dentin tubules. However, it is important that you continue using this type of toothpaste long-term, as simply using it for a little while and then stopping will not correct your problem.
Consider Painted-on Barriers
If toothpaste for sensitive teeth isn’t doing the trick, ask us about getting painted-on barriers. Plastic resins or fluoride varnishes can act as desensitizing agents, and they can be applied to your teeth in the most sensitive areas. However, they are not a permanent fix since they will wear off over time.
Get Receding Gum Treatment
If you have gum disease or receding gums that are due to hard brushing, your roots can be exposed. If we diagnose this as the cause of your tooth sensitivity, we may recommend a restorative treatment for your gums.
Kick the Grinding Habit
If you are a teeth grinder, you may be wearing down your enamel and causing your sensitivity problem. In many cases, people don’t even know that they are grinding their teeth, as it often occurs during sleep. However, headaches and unexplained pain of the jaw could be signs that this is a problem. If you are aware that you grind your teeth, try changing your sleeping position or using a mouth guard at night to try and breath the habit to protect your teeth.