Do You have Sensitive Teeth? Tips for Tooth Sensitivity
At Island Family Dental, we have patients who suffer from tooth sensitivity, making it difficult for our patients to undergo dental procedures or drink cold or hot beverages. We know that sensitive teeth occur for several reasons, including exposed roots due to receding gums or having a cavity in a tooth. Here are some tips for coping with teeth sensitivity.
Tip 1: Visit a Dentist Right Away
If a patient’s teeth becomes sensitive while eating or drinking, then we recommend an examination at our office right away. When it hurts to brush or floss, this can indicate that a tooth is damaged by decay or an injury. Alternatively, a patient may have the earliest stages of gingivitis, leading to pain in the gums or the teeth.
Tip 2: Avoid Certain Foods and Beverages
After a patient’s gums and teeth are treated, it is still possible to have tooth sensitivity, but we suggest using caution while eating and drinking. Avoid cold and hot beverages or foods along with anything that has a high acidity level such as citrus fruit juices. Some patients also have problems while eating spicy foods that contain cayenne pepper or turmeric.
Tip 3: Switch to a Toothbrush with Softer Bristles
Rather than using a toothbrush that has hard bristles, we suggest switching to a toothbrush with softer bristles. With this type of toothbrush, a patient is less likely to irritate the teeth or the nearby gum tissue while brushing. In addition, use gentle motions while brushing to avoid any irritation from scratching the gums or the roots of the teeth.
Tip 4: Improve the Strength of the Dental Enamel
Make sure to use fluoridated products on the teeth to improve the strength of the dental enamel. Our patients can find fluoridated toothpaste and mouth rinses that will improve the condition of the dental enamel gradually, reducing tooth sensitivity. It is also possible to visit our dental office to have a professional fluoride treatment on the teeth.
Tip 5: Wear a Mouthguard While Sleeping
Some of our patients have sensitive teeth caused by bruxism or grinding the teeth. This habit often occurs subconsciously while our patients are sleeping, but we can make customized mouth guards to protect the teeth from any damage from bruxism.