Having tooth sensitivity can be a pain to deal with day after day. Feeling that instant pain after drinking something cold or hot, eating something sugary, or just having the cold wind hit your teeth can cause your teeth to throb and sting.
In most cases, tooth sensitivity is caused by the enamel over the tooth wearing down. Consequently, the dentin, which is full of nerve endings, is exposed. This dentin is full of sensitive nerve endings. The result makes your teeth overly sensitive.
Below are some tooth sensitivity treatments you can try at home to relieve the pain and sensitivity. Of course, it is always wise to consult your dentist office if you have concerns or no relief.
Tooth Sensitivity Toothpastes
There are several brands of toothpaste on the market to help with sensitive teeth. These contain potassium nitrate, which blocks the tubes in the dentin. Sensitive toothpaste requires continual use to work effectively.
If you have sensitive teeth, you should use a soft toothbrush and be cautious not to brush too hard. Brushing vigorously wears the enamel off your teeth causing sensitivity. If your gums recede, or if you have any bone loss, you are probably brushing the cementum. The cementum protects the tooth at the root, but it wears away quicker then enamel. By changing a few of your brushing habits, you can relieve the sensitivity.
Food and Drinks
Avoiding highly acidic food and drinks will help with sensitivity. Pickles, oranges, fruit juices and red wine are highly acidic. Brushing 20 minutes after consuming any highly acidic food or drinks will help. Even if you do not notice a sensitivity to acidic foods and drinks, be careful about consuming them, as loss of enamel is permanent.
Some people grind their teeth when they are sleeping, and some grind them when they are tense or stressed. Most people are completely unaware when they are grinding their teeth. Most do it in their sleep, but a pain in the jaw or continual headaches can be a sign of grinding teeth. Wearing a mouth guard while you sleep often helps, or just changing sleep positions can help. During the day, if you are tense and notice yourself clenching your teeth, try to relax and open your jaw slightly.
Sensitivity in your teeth can be caused by other problems as well, which is why you should always talk to your dentist at Mountain View Dental. Their professional office can help answer your questions, make you feel comfortable, and find the best tooth sensitivity treatments for your problem. Call Mountain View Dental office in Pleasant View today to discuss your concerns and schedule your appointment, or visit them at https://www.smilemountainview.com/.