Having sensitive teeth can cause many-a-discomfort. From your hot morning coffee, to a tooth numbing bite of ice cream, to your favourite sugar laden treat …these can all offer up some excruciating discomfort.
Depending on the circumstance, the indicators and conclusive diagnosis could range from a cavity, to a fractured tooth, to worn-out tooth enamel, an exposed root, or an infection.
Often an exposed root surface is the culprit, and here’s why…
Below the protective coating on the outside of our teeth is an area called dentin, which contains microscopic canals called tubules. When the dentin loses its protective covering, the tubules allow heat and cold or acidic or sticky foods to stimulate the nerves and cells inside the tooth. Hence – tooth pain.
But there are easy ways to treat this common issue…
Just as there is “no tears” shampoo, there are also “pain relieving” toothpastes for sensitive teeth.
A desensitizing toothpaste contains compounds that help block transmissions of sensation from the tooth surface , and you will feel a difference within a week to 10 days. Once you have started using a toothpaste specific for sensitive teeth, it is important that you continue to use it, even once your sensitivity has been eliminated.
[b]Soften The Approach To Your Brush and Brushing[/b]
You want clean teeth – yes. But you don’t want to brush so vigorously that you cause problems. Keep the protective layer of your teeth as strong as possible, using a toothbrush with soft bristles so as to not damage your teeth or gums.
[b]Be Fluoride Friendly[/b]
There is much debate around the use of fluoride, but the dental community knows that the use of fluoride is an important part of your oral health.
Fluoride strengthens teeth, making them less prone to decay, it can remineralize a tooth surface that has been demineralized by bacterial acids, and can help to minimize sensitivity. Simple as that.
[b]Acidic Food And Drinks = Bad[/b]
Acidic food and drink can contribute to tooth erosion and tooth sensitivity. The common culprits are coffee, soft drinks, citrus fruit juices and wine.
Not that you have to cut these out entirely, but perhaps ease up on your consumption of them if your tooth sensitivity is a real concern.
A healthy diet usually leads to a healthy smile …and as your [link url=http://www.myorthodontists.ca/]Surrey Orthodontist[/link], we believe that nothing looks better than that!