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How to Prevent Tooth Sensitivity
How many times did you turn down coffee and ice cream because they cause sharp pain on your teeth? If you keep experiencing this, then you may have sensitive teeth.
What triggers sensitive teeth?
When your gums recede, the dentin gets more exposed. Dentin contains thousands of tiny tubes that are connected to the nerve endings. These nerve endings trigger the pain. Here are more reasons sensitive teeth occur:
- Acidic food. Acid in food such as fruits can cause the tooth enamel to erode. Drinks, such as lemon water, that are high in acid content can also cause thinning of enamel. When the enamel erodes, the dentin becomes more visible.
- Broken teeth. Chipped or cracked teeth are more prone to bacterial invasion. Once bacteria enter, they can reach the pulp and cause inflammation.
- Gum disease. Gum disease can cause the gums to pull back, exposing the root of the tooth and causing sensitivity.
- Dental procedures. Tooth sensitivity can as well be felt after receiving procedures such as teeth whitening. This should be temporary though, lasting only for a few weeks.
- Tooth decay. If the tooth area near the gum line suffers from tooth decay, this can also cause sensitive teeth.
Wear and tear. Overtime, the surface of the teeth can weaken due to acid exposure and aggressive brushing.
How do I prevent tooth sensitivity?
You can ease the pain brought by heightened sensitivity with the help of these tips:
- Commit to regular teeth cleaning. Brushing and flossing are the simplest way you can prevent tooth sensitivity. Making sure you’re applying the right techniques, such as gentle brushing in a circular motion, will help remove as much food debris as possible so there is less chance of decay or gum disease. Make it a point as well to always use a soft-bristled brush. And have your teeth checked at least twice a year.
- Ask your dentist for toothpaste recommendation. Buying toothpaste can be overwhelming especially when there are so many choices available. Special toothpastes for sensitive teeth are available to specifically prevent tooth sensitivity. To ensure you choose the the right brand, consult your dentist. They know the condition of your teeth and mouth and will be able to provide an appropriate toothpaste choice.
- Talk to your dentist about a custom mouth guard. A mouth guard is not only used for engaging in physical activities. It can as well be used to prevent teeth grinding. Going to the dental office to have your own piece created is more effective than buying over the counter options – you can ensure that the device fits your mouth snugly.
- Lessen intake of acidic food. If you can avoid acidic food and drinks, do so. But if not, try to avoid direct contact directly to your teeth. For example, if you are drinking lemon water, make it a habit to use straw. Refrain from brushing right away after consuming anything acidic as this will only make your teeth more vulnerable.
Tooth sensitivity is a common issue. It can be prevented. The pain can be relieved so you need not endure it. If you suspect that your teeth are becoming more sensitive even with regular brushing and flossing, let us know. Our team at Rundle Dental will identify the best way we can ease the discomfort.
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