Most of us experience it at some point in our lives. We drink something hot or cold and BAM, we are hit with a pain in our teeth. Or perhaps it’s more subtle. Perhaps it’s a dull ache that we get when we brush or floss. And although tooth sensitivity is a very common problem, that doesn’t make it any easier. Fortunately, there are remedies.
What causes tooth sensitivity?
Tooth sensitivity occurs when the softer inner part of the tooth called dentin becomes exposed. This can happen as a result of a number of causes including tooth decay, worn fillings or enamel, gum infection, overly aggressive brushing, acidic foods and teeth grinding.
What should you do about tooth sensitivity?
The first step in treating tooth sensitivity is finding out the cause. If your teeth are suddenly sensitive when they didn’t use to be, it is a good idea to see your dentist to determine if there is an issue that needs to be fixed (such as a chipped tooth, broken filling, etc.).
In some cases, your dentist may recommend a particular dental treatment to remedy tooth sensitivity. These may include:
- By applying fluoride to your teeth, it can help strengthen the enamel which in turn will reduce pain.
- If the sensitivity is caused by an exposed root, your dentist may recommend that a bonding resin be applied to the root surfaces.
- Root Canal. In severe cases of tooth sensitivity, your dentist may recommend a root canal. This is one of the most successful treatments for eliminating sensitivity.
There are also a number of remedies that you can try at home to help reduce tooth sensitivity. These include:
- Changing your toothbrush and/or toothpaste. If the bristles on your toothbrush are too hard, it can cause sensitivity. Try switching to soft bristles. Also, there are special toothpastes that are less abrasive for sensitive teeth. Consider switching to one of these brands.
- Salt water rinses – rinsing your mouth once or twice daily with salt water can help ease pain that is caused by sensitive teeth.
- Purchase a mouth guard – If your sensitive teeth are caused by teeth grinding, you should talk to your dentist about getting a mouth guard for sleeping. These mouth guards are custom made to fit your teeth and in addition to easing the sensitivity can help prevent other dental problems down the road.
Remember, if you have sensitive teeth you don’t have to suffer. There are solutions. Contact Sapphire Dental today to make an appointment with one of our dentists.