What Can I Do About Sensitive Teeth?

What Can I Do About Sensitive Teeth?

Jun 18, 2020

If you ever eat ice cream or drink some hot tea and experience sharp shooting pain in your teeth, you know what having sensitive teeth is like. Tooth sensitivity (also called ‘dentin hypersensitivity’) is a very common condition in which your teeth respond to hot and cold stimulation.

Tooth sensitivity can be temporary, and most people will experience some tooth sensitivity in their lives. The most common cause of teeth sensitivity is worn down enamel. This can happen if you brush too hard, or you eat a lot of sugary and acidic food that can eat through the enamel.

The most common triggers of sensitive teeth are:

  • Hot and cold food
  • Hot and cold drinks
  • Cold air
  • Brushing and flossing
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Eating acidic foods

Teeth sensitivity can also be caused by various gum disorders or broken/chipped teeth. Additionally, it is common to experience teeth sensitivity for a few days after having some dental procedure done, like getting a filling or teeth bleaching.

How Can I Fix My Sensitive Teeth?

Some people’s teeth are naturally more sensitive than others because they just have thinner enamel. In some cases, teeth sensitivity is just temporary and will go away after a while. However, if you regularly experience moderate to painful teeth sensitivity, then there is likely a problem. Here are some common fixes to help mild-to-moderate teeth sensitivity:

  • Change your toothpaste: Some kinds of toothpaste are harsh on the teeth. Switching to a fluoride-based toothpaste will keep your enamel strong.
  • Use a soft-bristled brush: Hard toothbrush bristles can scrape away the enamel layer and leave the dentin exposed. You should switch to a soft bristle brush and make sure you aren’t brushing your teeth too hard.
  • Brush your gums: Receding gums expose the root of your teeth, which makes them more sensitive. Make sure you are softly brushing your gums when you brush your teeth.
  • Cut back on acidic and sugary foods/drinks: Acid and sugars are the two main culprits of tooth decay. Cutting back on these kinds of foods can keep enamel healthy.

If you are experiencing severe pain from sensitive teeth, there is likely a serious issue, and you should speak to your dentist for treatment options.

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