Do you notice an unpleasant tingling sensation whenever you eat and drink anything hot and cold? This is a sign that you probably have sensitive teeth. Sensitive teeth can be caused by a number of factors, but don’t worry there are things you can do to mitigate the pain and discomfort that come with sensitive teeth.
What exactly are “sensitive” teeth?
Dentin is a soft tissue found just under the enamel the hard exterior) of your teeth. When the enamel is stripped or corroded, the dentin is left exposed, and this causes the pain and discomfort associated with sensitive teeth.
What causes it?
Anything that corrodes your teeth, like frequently eating sweets or smoking, or that strips the enamel off like aggressively brushing or grinding your teeth can destroy the enamel and expose the dentin layer, leading to sensitive teeth. Other things out of your control like a broken or chipped tooth or gum disease may also cause dentin exposure and sensitive teeth.
What can you do about it?
There are a number of things you can start doing ASAP to avoid sensitive teeth! Namely:
- Use a soft-bristle toothbrush. Brushing your teeth too hard is a surefire way to destroy the enamel of your teeth. Using a toothbrush with soft bristles prevents you from being too rough on your teeth.
- Use a toothpaste and mouthwash that contains fluoride. Fluoride helps strengthen enamel, and the stronger the hard exterior of your teeth is, the less likely it is to chip or corrode, keeping the dentin safely protected.
- Avoid certain foods and drinks. Acidic and sugary food and drinks like soda and vinegar should be had in moderation as they are corrosive and can damage your teeth.
If you have any other questions or concerns feel free to book an appointment with us here at Dr. Bobby Jivnani Dental Clinic.