I love this time of year. Nights drawing in, cozy evenings by the fire, bonfire night, halloween, christmas…. but painful teeth as well? No thanks! Just because it’s gone cold, you shouldn’t have to suffer with sensitivity. Let’s take a look:
What causes tooth sensitivity?
Tooth sensitivity can be caused by a variety of factors. One common cause is exposed dentin, which is the layer beneath the tooth enamel. When dentin becomes exposed, it can lead to sensitivity because it contains tiny tubules that connect to the nerves in the tooth. Other causes of tooth sensitivity include tooth decay, gum recession, cracked teeth, worn enamel, aggressive brushing, acidic foods and drinks, teeth grinding, and certain dental procedures like teeth whitening. It’s always a good idea to consult with a dentist if you’re experiencing tooth sensitivity to determine the underlying cause and get appropriate treatment.
How do I stop it before it’s started?
To prevent tooth sensitivity, it’s important to practice good oral hygiene. This includes brushing your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. You should also floss daily to remove plaque and food particles from between your teeth. Additionally, avoid brushing your teeth too hard or using a toothbrush with hard bristles, as this can wear down the enamel and expose the dentin. It’s also a good idea to limit your consumption of acidic foods and drinks, such as citrus fruits and soda, as they can erode the enamel. Finally, make sure to visit your dentist regularly for check-ups and professional cleanings to maintain the health of your teeth and gums.
How do I get rid of my tooth sensitivity?
To get rid of tooth sensitivity, there are a few things you can try. First, make sure you are using a soft-bristled toothbrush and brushing gently to avoid further irritation. You can also try using a toothpaste specifically designed for sensitive teeth, which can help to block the pain signals. Additionally, avoiding acidic foods and drinks, as well as using a mouthguard at night if you grind your teeth, can also help reduce sensitivity. If these measures don’t provide relief, it’s best to consult with a dentist who can provide further guidance and treatment options.
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