I can’t believe in all the blogs we’ve done we have never specifically discussed the problem of sensitive teeth. So many of the patients I see on a regular basis list this as one of their number one complaints. Sensitive teeth are teeth that react to food or beverages that are either too hot or too cold and the pain, while fleeting, can be very sharp, sometimes causing significant discomfort. There are toothpastes on the market and homeopathic remedies all purporting to help with sensitive teeth but what can you really do? Here’s the answer from a Dentists’ point of view.
There are a number of things that can cause sensitive teeth and the first thing you need to do is make an appointment with your Dentist to rule out some of the more obvious causes such as:
- A cracked tooth.
- A cavity.
- Gum disease that has advanced, leading to recession of or root exposure.
- Thinning enamel.
- Gastrointestinal diseases that cause reflux or excessive vomiting.
Other potential causes could be the result of:
- Overbrushing that can lead to erosion.
- Poor dental hygiene that can also cause pain and sensitivity.
- Grinding your teeth at night – this is called “Bruxism.”
What can you do about your sensitive teeth? That’s the real question and if I had a perfect “one size fits all” answer I could probably retire on a beautiful island in the South Pacific! I do have some suggestions however, that are easily incorporated into your regular dental care routine.
Over the counter toothpastes labeled for sensitive teeth can work for those with mild discomfort. They don’t contain some of the same harsh ingredients found in regular toothpaste and some actually have active desensitizing ingredients that block pain from travelling between the nerve and the tooth. Using alcohol free mouthwash is a better option and switching out your toothbrush for a soft bristled one will help to reduce wear and tear on your teeth. There are also prescription toothpastes available from your Dental office if the sensitivity is becoming particularly bothersome. In rare circumstances, your Dentist might also recommend sealants or a specific fluoride gel or varnish that can help some patients. Lastly, avoiding highly acidic foods will often prove to be helpful to many patients.
There you have it; a quick guide to handling tooth sensitivity from your sensitive and family-friendly dentist in Brampton. Make an appointment with the Brinkley Dental team today if you have sensitive teeth and are looking for treatment options. We’d be happy to have a chat with you and as always, thanks for reading and remember:“don’t forget to be a BFF with your mouth and Brush that SMILE!”