An estimated 40 million adults in the United States suffer from sensitive teeth, which makes ordinary activities like brushing, eating, and drinking a painful experience.
Several things can cause teeth to be overly sensitive. Typically, it’s the result of worn tooth enamel or exposed tooth roots. However, other problems such as cavities, broken teeth, and gum disease can also be the culprit. Here are a few things that can be helpful in dealing with this painful problem.
1. Avoid Acidic Foods and Drinks
Acidic foods and drinks can remove small amounts of tooth enamel over time. Carbonated beverages, citrus fruits, and wine are prime offenders. If you do drink acidic liquids, it’s helpful to use a straw to limit contact of the fluid with your teeth.
2. Use a Desensitizing Toothpaste
There are a variety of desensitizing toothpastes on the market. The positive effect is not immediate, but after brushing your teeth several times, you should notice some reduction in your tooth sensitivity.
3. Don’t Brush Too Hard
Many people look like they’re sawing a piece of wood when they brush their teeth. Brushing too hard can wear down the enamel and create sensitive spots. If the bristles of your toothbrush look like you’ve been using it to scrub the sink, you’re brushing too hard. So lighten up, and also be sure to use a toothbrush with soft bristles.
4. Call River Vista Dentistry!
When home remedies don’t work, it’s time to call the dentist. Dr. Marshall offers a range of treatments for sensitive teeth, and can determine the best option for you based on your particular symptoms. It could include fluoride treatment to strengthen tooth enamel of the affected areas, which will reduce the pain. Bonding resin can also be applied to exposed root surfaces. If your tooth root has lost gum tissue, a surgical gum graft might be recommended. Root canal therapy, which eliminates the tooth’s nerve and therefore eliminates pain completely, might be recommended in cases that don’t respond to more conservative treatments.
The bottom line is that sensitive teeth are a symptom of an underlying problem that will eventually require a visit to the dentist. Don’t wait until the symptoms get worse—and more costly to treat. Contact us and set up an appointment today!