Tooth Sensitivity Getting on Your Nerves?
Why prevention is your best bet…
Many of us unfortunately experience tooth sensitivity, or dentinal hypersensitivity, when our teeth come into contact with extreme temperature, or when we bite into something sweet. It can be a real pain… but prevention is key when it comes to managing tooth sensitivity.
First, let’s look at the possible causes of your sensitivity:
- Enamel erosion caused by acidic foods/drinks or harsh brushing
- Gum recession caused by periodontal (gum) disease or harsh brushing
- Bruxism (teeth grinding)
- Tooth decay/cavities
- Chips or fracture
- Worn fillings
- Teeth whitening or restorative dental procedures
Can you find the cause of your tooth sensitivity? If you think your discomfort may be due to an old dental filling that has worn or chipped (seeing your dentist regularly will help to keep on top of this), or due to new decay or a dental injury, then see your dentist as soon as possible. The longer you wait to address an issue, the more extensive the work you may need.
That said, here are some ways you can prevent tooth sensitivity:
Use a toothpaste designed for the job.
There are certain toothpaste products available that work to desensitize the tooth by blocking the tubules in the dentin layer of the teeth, or by basically “numbing” the nerves in these tubules.
Watch your intake of acidic foods and drinks.
By reducing the amount of acid you introduce to your smile, you’ll be helping to protect your teeth from enamel erosion.
Use a toothbrush with soft bristles, and brush gently.
By brushing gently a soft-bristled brush, you’re being gentler on your smile – so there’s a much lower risk for enamel wear or gum recession to occur.
And last, but surely not least…
Visit your dentist regularly.
By going for routine dental cleanings and check-ups, you’ll be able to better protect your smile and identify any potential problems early on so that they can be managed or treated effectively. A dental professional will be able to help determine and treat the root cause of your sensitivity, and can recommend a desensitizing toothpaste product that can make the world of a difference.