Avoiding sweets or hot/cold drinks? Then it’s time to read this:
About 57% of people suffer from sensitive teeth, which can make you say no to sweets and cold or hot drinks. If you’ve found yourself avoiding these things because of pain, don’t just adjust; it’s important to get to the root of the issue.
What are the symptoms?
If you have sensitive teeth, you may notice a sensitivity to sweet or acidic foods. Cold or hot temperatures may also cause you to feel pain. The symptoms of tooth sensitivity may be temporary, or go away and then come back again. The length of your symptoms will depend on the cause.
What causes it?
Teeth sensitivity also goes by the name dentin hypersensitivity. Your teeth’s protective layer of enamel may be thinner than it should be or you may have a receded gum line.
There are many possible causes of sensitive teeth:
Brushing too hard, or using a hard toothbrush (this can wear down enamel)
Eating very acidic foods (which can cause tooth erosion)
A temporary sensitivity due to a treatment such as crowns or fillings
Night time teeth grinding
Teeth that are decaying or broken
What is the treatment?
You will need to visit a dentist for a true diagnosis. A dentist can identify the cause and answer any questions you may have.
Your dentist may recommend a certain type of toothpaste, for example, one that’s less abrasive or one specifically designed for sensitive teeth. You may also be prescribed a fluoride gel, fluoride rinse, or a toothpaste with a high fluoride level. Another potential option is a fluoride varnish which can give the teeth more protection.
What are the preventative measures you can take?
Make sure you’re brushing correctly. Talk to your dentist if you have questions about your dental routine. Commit to brushing twice a day, for two minutes each time. Use a toothpaste that isn’t highly abrasive and floss at least once a day. You can also reduce your intake of acidic foods, and choose snacks that are easier on your teeth.
Cut back on tacky candy, simple carbs, and soda
Replace these with cheese, yogurt, milk, as well as fruits and vegetables high in fiber
While highly acidic foods can cause tooth erosion, the replacement options can help keep your teeth moist (improving saliva production), reduce acid, and remove bacteria.
If you grind or clench your teeth, it’s important to stop. Talk to your dentist, who may recommend using a customized mouth guard.
Your sensitivity could be due to an underlining problem such as gum disease or naturally shrinking gums. If so, your dentist will discuss your options for treatment.
If you’re dealing with sensitive teeth, it’s time to see a dentist. Find out what the cause is and learn about your treatment options.
If you are avoiding sweets or hot/cold drinks contact Suburban Essex Dental, located in West Orange NJ. Our entire staff is friendly, courteous and experts in the field of dentistry.