For the first time, a gulp of that deliciously cold milkshake made you quiver with your jaw almost paralyzed with sharp twitching pain – and many more similar experiences followed whenever you consume very hot or very cold food and beverages. That’s sensitive teeth and it can be very frustrating. There are 5 tips on how to deal with sensitive teeth:
1. Cut down on sour food. The acid in certain food such as green mangoes and most citrus foods can destroy the protective covering of the teeth and suddenly you have hypersensitive teeth. If you cannot live without acidic foods, you may consider consuming them as a milkshake recipe or mash them into almost liquid form and use a straw.
2. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush. Brushing too hard using a toothbrush with hard bristles can damage your gums. Gum recession leaves your teeth more sensitive. To avoid this, you should brush gently and with just enough pressure to totally clean your mouth without harming your gums. Sometimes even brushing can trigger the pain. You can use toothpaste that is specially intended for sensitive teeth. This specialized toothpaste contains desensitizing agents that can render the tooth insensitive when exposed to foods that trigger the sensation.
3. Toothpaste with fluoride can aid in restoring and strengthening your damaged tooth enamel. Fluoride is best known for its action in protecting against dental cavities.
4. Floss regularly. Flossing regularly will remove trapped food particles that can cause dental cavities and unhealthy gums. You should floss gently and try not to harm your gums. Unhealthy gums can also result in overly sensitive teeth.
5. Avoid any mouthwash containing ingredients that are harsh to the teeth. Mouthwash with harsh ingredients can corrode your tooth enamel.
6. Visit your dentist at the dental clinic if you suffer from teeth grinding. The enamel can wear away when you clench your teeth which usually happens when you’re asleep. Your dentist will recommend a dental tool like a mouth guard to address grinding.
There are cases when discomfort from sensitive teeth is just temporary. But if the reasons are grave enough as to require professional help, an appointment with the dentist will prevent more serious problems in the future.
An exposed root, cracked tooth, damaged filling and even gum diseases should receive immediate dental treatment. They are not only causing you pain but they may also cause illness. You should also consult your dentist if a previous dental procedure such as tooth restoration or crown placement creates that distinctive painful sensation.