Those with sensitive teeth are usually always in pain as this condition manifests itself through pain when eating or drinking very hot or very cold things. The pain can be sharp, shooting and you’ll feel it at the ends of your nerves. Sensitive teeth is caused when the underlying layer of the teeth, called dentin, is exposed. Microscopic holes called tubules are found in the roots and lead to the pulp where all the nerves are.
Usually, the tubules become exposed when the gum tissues recede and hot and cold or even overly sweet food can reach the nerve and cause pain. There’s many reasons why you may have sensitive teeth – it could be because the enamel has worn out due to brushing too hard, or eating too much acidic foods like citrus fruits, tea or tomatoes; it can be cause by gum disease or other gum-related conditions; it can even be caused by using the wrong kind of mouthwash or toothpaste. Whatever the cause, these are just some ways you can help with the pain of sensitive teeth.
Use Special Toothpaste and Toothbrush:
There are several types of dental toothpastes on the market made especially for sensitive teeth. Usually, these work to desensitize your teeth, as well as help build up the lost enamel and cover up those tubules. Try different brands to find one that suits you best. Usually, whitening toothpaste and tartar control toothpaste can worsen the situation, so use fluoridated toothpaste instead. Also, before you go to bed, apply a layer of toothpaste on the exposed roots of your teeth.
Check your toothbrush – are the bristles too hard? This may cause the enamel to wear thin, so make sure you only use soft bristled brushes.
Watch Your Diet:
Certain foods can wear down your teeth enamel. Highly acidic foods are the main culprit that dissolved the enamel and exposes your dentin. Starch and sugar left over in your mouth reacts with plaque, creating more acids. So, if you do eat any of these acidic, sugary or starchy food, make sure you brush your teeth as soon as possible.
Other Ways to Help Sensitive Teeth:
Depending on the cause of your sensitive teeth, there may be other ways to deal with it. If you grind your teeth when you sleep, go to your dentist to get a mouth guard. If you live in a place that doesn’t have fluoridated water, use special mouthwash and other products to compensate. Over-all, maintaining good oral hygiene habits is the best way to prevent sensitive teeth and other dental problems. Brush at least three times a day and floss regularly to maintain healthy teeth and gums. You should, of course, also visit your dentist to maintain your teeth and gums.