Overcoming Tooth Sensitivity
When it comes to dental complications, tooth sensitivity is often one of the most complained about. Often a short and sudden pain, tooth sensitivity can impact your day to day life. So what exactly can you do to overcome tooth sensitivity? First, let’s cover some of the most common reasons a patient may experience tooth sensitivity:
- Brushing Too Hard. Many people believe brushing hard will clean teeth better. This, however, isn’t the case and can actually wear down enamel and increase the risk of gum recession.
- Using a Hard-Bristled Toothbrush. Another common mistake which can wear down enamel, expose dentin and encourage receding gums, always use a soft brush.
- Receding Gums. When the gums recede due to gingivitis or gum disease, dentin and/or roots may become exposed.
- Gingivitis. When the gums become infected or inflamed, the tooth roots may become exposed, increasing the risk for tooth pain.
- Tooth Damage. Cavities, chips, and cracks can all allow bacteria into the tooth, potentially causing inflammation and infection in the pulp of the tooth.
- Clenching/Grinding. Patients that suffer from unconscious clenching and grinding can wear down the enamel of their teeth and may also chip, crack or fracture teeth.
- Teeth Whitening Products. Most over-the-counter teeth whitening products contain chemicals designed to remove stains. Unfortunately, a lot of them can also remove your tooth enamel!
- Dental Treatment. Various dental treatments such as fillings, veneers, crowns can leave teeth feeling sensitivity but should resolve on its own after a few weeks. If sensitivity persists, contact your local Magnolia dentist.
Tooth Sensitivity Tips
Luckily for patients that experience tooth sensitivity, there are numerous ways to overcome the discomfort. Whether it be at home dental care or treatments at our Magnolia dental office, we’ll get your sensitivity taken care of.
- Desensitizing Toothpaste – These kinds of toothpaste are designed with tooth sensitivity in mind. You may need to try various brands before you find the perfect one for you, or just ask your dentist for a recommendation.
- Soft-Bristled Toothbrush – If you are not currently using a soft-bristled toothbrush, ditch your old one and get yourself one with softer bristles. Be sure to also brush softly, not hard and rough as this can also damage teeth.
- Dietary Changes – Avoiding foods and beverages that are high in sugar or acidity can help cut down on the discomfort you feel from sensitive teeth.
- Fluoridated Mouthwash – Using fluoridated mouthwash daily can help protect your teeth and decrease symptoms from tooth sensitivity.
- Mouthguard – If you experience teeth clenching and grinding, we recommend a custom-made mouthguard which can be worn at night to protect teeth and reduce discomfort.
- Professional Dental Treatment – If the above at home treatments for tooth sensitivity don’t work, you should contact our Magnolia dental practice. We have various professional treatments which can help reduce discomfort and improve the health of your teeth.