Have you ever taken a drink of your iced water, sipped some hot tea or bitten into your bagel and experienced that exquisitely painful sensation that leaves you suffering for a few minutes? If you have, chances are you have sensitive teeth.
So why do your teeth respond to hot, cold, sweet, or sour, and sometimes even to pressure? Teeth can become sensitive for a variety of reasons. For example, teeth can feel sensitive after they’ve been cleaned, or if you have had dental work done. Have you ever bitten down on something hard only to experience sensitivity in that tooth or teeth? You may have caused bruising. Habitual teeth grinding can also cause sensitivity. Sensitive teeth can take weeks and even months to resolve. However, because teeth become sensitive for a variety of reasons, a dentist should determine what is going on. If your tooth sensitivity persists, call the dentist at San Antonio denistry for an appointment.
If you are dealing with sensitive teeth, here are a few solutions you can try at home.
Desensitizing toothpaste. Brushing with a desensitizing toothpaste, which is available over the counter, helps to lessen the sensitivity by filling channels in the dentin. You can even dab desensitizing toothpaste onto sensitive spots before going to bed. Remember, you can spit, but do not rinse.
Use a fluoride rinse. Fluoride rinses can help decrease sensitivity. Simply use it once a day by swishing it around and spitting it out. Like desensitizing toothpaste, fluoride rinse is available over the counter in grocery and drug stores.
Keep your teeth cleaned. Sounds like an obvious solution but plaque produces an acid that irritates teeth. For people with naturally sensitive teeth, this can be especially painful Cleaning your teeth twice a day fights the plaque buildup and do not forget to floss daily!
Use a soft toothbrush. Are you heavy handed with your brushing? You can cause tooth sensitivity by brushing too hard and/or using a stiff bristled brush. This can cause damage to your enamel. When the gum line recedes the exposed dentin becomes vulnerable to harsh brushing abrasion. Be good to your teeth by trading the hard bristled brush for a soft bristled toothbrush and a lighter touch.
Remember, you do not have to live with sensitive teeth. There are solutions that you can implement right at home! For more information about sensitive teeth be sure to speak with your dentist.