Don’t be sensitive about your tooth sensitivity
According to the American Dental Association 1 in 8 Americans may suffer from sensitive teeth. Tooth sensitivity often occurs when the enamel that protects teeth wears away, exposing small tubes that connect nerves inside the tooth to outside triggers. The study conducted by the ADA found that young adults, women and people with receding gums were most likely to have sensitivity. So what should you do if you have sensitive teeth?
Avoid certain foods
Very acidic foods can aggravate sensitivity in the mouth by removing small amounts of enamel overtime. Orange juice, tomato sauce and carbonated beverages are some of the culprits. Try limiting your intake of these foods and if you’re going to enjoy that glass of juice, use a straw to limit contact with your teeth. Be sure to drink water immediately after enjoying acidic substances to balance the acid levels in your mouth.
Consider a new toothpaste
Over the counter desensitizing toothpastes, such as Sensodyne, can help mitigate sensitivity. They work by blocking pain signals to the nerve of the tooth and usually require several applications before the sensitivity is reduced. Desensitizing toothpaste is great for feeling better, but it does not cure sensitivity. Be sure to treat the cause of your pain so it does not get worse.
Accessorize at night
If you grind your teeth at night you are slowly wearing down the enamel that protects teeth. Wearing a mouth guard while you sleep can prevent grinding and keep teeth healthy.
Talk to your dentist
If your sensitivity does not improve, talk to your dentist. A crown, or bonding might be used to correct the tooth decay that is causing your sensitivity. More invasive procedures include a surgical gum graft to protect the root of the tooth or a root canal.
Good oral hygiene is the best way to prevent tooth sensitivity. Ask your dentist if you have any questions about your daily routine or concerns about your teeth.