Did you know that 20% of Australians regularly purchase special toothpaste to deal with tooth sensitivity?
Do you experience pain or discomfort in your teeth when you eat or drink something hot, cold, sweet, or sour? Do your teeth react badly when pressure is applied to them? If so, you probably have tooth sensitivity.
“Tooth sensitivity” doesn’t sound like much, but sensitive teeth are often a symptom of an underlying dental issue that needs to be dealt with immediately. Treatment for your sensitive teeth will vary depending on what the cause is. At Western Clinic Dental we are well experienced in diagnosing the causes of tooth sensitivity and either recommending home treatment, or performing in-office procedures that remove the causes of tooth sensitivity
10 Most Common Causes of Tooth Sensitivity
There are more than one possible cause for tooth sensitivity, and it is important to determine the specific cause for your tooth sensitivity before treating it. Here are the top 10 suspects in tooth sensitivity:
- Insufficient/Improper tooth brushing
- Clenching or grinding your teeth
- Tooth decay or cavities in the teeth
- Cracked teeth or a broken tooth
- Recent dental work such as crowns, fillings or veneers
- Exposed roots from recession (gum disease)
- Chemical erosion from acidic foods
- Orthodontic treatment or a shifting tooth
- Periodontal disease
- Nerve damage in the tooth
If you do have tooth sensitivity, you may be less interested in what causes it that what to do about it. The good news is that Western Clinic Dental has some suggestions and procedures that can treat or eliminate tooth sensitivity.
Sensitive Teeth Treatments
The first thing is the most obvious one, don’t ignore your daily oral hygiene routine. Use a soft toothbrush and soft floss, and to not apply too much pressure while brushing.
If your sensitivity is serious, try spreading some sensitizing toothpaste along the painful area before bed. Use the tip of your finger or a Q-tip to spread the toothpaste directly across the exposed spot. This can help reduce sensitivity.
Stop Grinding Your Teeth
Teeth grinding is a common way to deal with stress that often takes place unconsciously or while we sleep. Unfortunately, grinding can contribute to tooth sensitivity.
When you grind your teeth, it can wear down your enamel decreasing the ability of your teeth to handle hot and cold temperatures, and even spicy foods. If you are a tooth grinder you may want to ask us about mouth guards. We can design and build you a custom mouthguard that prevents you from grinding on your teeth, whether asleep or awake.
Use a Toothpaste Designed for Sensitive Teeth
If you have sensitive teeth, you may want to consider a toothpaste designed just for your condition. Your local drugstore has toothpastes of all kinds, including toothpaste specifically designed for sensitive teeth. This toothpaste contains ingredients that protect teeth and reduce sensitivity. Common ingredients are potassium nitrate and fluoride.
Limit Acidic Foods from Your Diet
Acidic foods like pickles, oranges, and tomatoes can lead to tooth sensitivity. The high acid in them eats away the enamel of your teeth and leaves the underlying dentin exposed.
If you do eat acidic foods, try to match them with foods with low acidity levels, such as cheese, nuts and bananas. These foods neutralize the acids in your mouth, reducing the chances of tooth sensitivity. Also, after eating acidic foods, brush or floss (after about 30 minutes) or rinse your teeth with water.
Do not Brush Your Teeth so Hard
Brushing your teeth with too much pressure can be counterproductive. Forceful brushing can abrade the protective layers of your teeth, making sensitivity more likely.
Avoid Using Mouthwash too Frequently
Mouthwash removes germs from your mouth, but it should not be used too often. The alcohol and other chemicals in it can cause tooth sensitivity. Instead of using regular mouthwash all the time, switch to a neutral rinse, which contains fewer chemicals.
Treatments at Western Clinic Dental
If the previous treatments don’t work, it’s time to come to our office and let us help! Here are a few things we can do:
- Desensitizing or bonding. Exposed root surfaces can be treated by applying bonding resin to the sensitive root surfaces.
- Surgical gum graft. If your tooth root has lost gum tissue, gum tissue can be removed from elsewhere in your mouth and attached to the affected site.
- Root canal. If nothing else works your dentist may decide that you are a suitable candidate for root canal treatment.
Winning Smiles with Western Clinic Dental
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