I Have Sensitive Teeth; How Do I Fix This?
Posted on 5/8/2023 by Thomas Plunkett DMD
|Teeth sensitivity is when you cannot perform certain activities such as brushing, taking cold or hot drinks, or eating particular foods. When you try these things, you feel a sharp, temporary pain in your teeth. Tooth sensitivity can also be aggravated by other things, like sour foods, sweets, and even cold air.
If you experience sensitivity, know it is time to consult a dentist because your tooth could be damaged or diseased. Again, before a dentist starts treating tooth twinges, they must understand what is behind them. Once they have nailed the cause, they can find an effective solution.
What Causes Tooth Sensitivity
Many things can cause tooth sensitivity. Brushing too hard, for instance, or side to side, may wear down your tooth enamel, making it more sensitive. Receding gums are another reason for tooth sensitivity. This is when your gums start to detach, thus pulling away from your teeth.
When they recede, gums expose the sensitive root of your teeth, causing sensitivity when exposed to hot or cold drinks, cold air, and the like. Other causes could be a cracked tooth, dental erosion, and gum disease.
What Should I Do?
Try to keep acidic foods out of your to-eat food items. High-sugar carbs, sodas, and sticky candy attack your enamel. Therefore, avoid them and instead snack on milk, cheese, plain yogurt, and fiber-rich fruits and vegetables.
Besides these foods helping fight acid and bacteria that eat away at your teeth, they also moisten your mouth. You should drink black or green tea or chew sugarless gum. If you eat something acidic, wait a while before you brush, maybe 30 minutes, an hour, or so.
Sensitivity due to tooth bleaching is temporary. If bleaching causes pain, talking to a dentist about the treatment and whether you should take a break is essential. Our dentist is always ready and happy to assist you with tooth sensitivity and other oral health issues.