All of us love to eat, but how would you enjoy eating if you are experiencing sensitivity? Sensitive teeth are caused by many factors either by the food you eat, your oral hygiene and a lot more. Dentin sensitivity or root sensitivity happens when the cementum gets lost, with that, the dentin of the root gets exposed.
It is better to determine the cause of your teeth sensitivity to have a proper treatment before it gets worst.
Here are some examples of cures to treat Teeth Sensitivity:
- Use desensitizing toothpaste. This kind of toothpaste is made especially for sensitive teeth because it contains potassium fluoride that helps block pain signals to go to the tooth root compared to regular toothpaste that we usually use. The dentist may recommend a desensitizing toothpaste, or you can find some other brands that would work for you. Dentists also suggest applying a small amount of toothpaste in the affected tooth before going to sleep.
- Use a fluoridated mouthwash.
- Avoid highly acidic foods
- Use a mouth guard to avoid teeth grinding.
- Switch to a soft-bristled toothbrush.
According to ADA or American Dental Association, some procedures can reduce tooth sensitivity, and they are:
- Applying bonds, crowns or inlay. The treatments may fix the flaw or the damage to the tooth that causes teeth sensitivity.
- Surgical gum graft. Protects the gum and reduces the sensitivity if gum tissues eroded from the root.
- Root Canal. The treatment is usually the last resort when teeth sensitivity gets worst despite the methods that have applied.
Prevention is better than cure. Here are some tips for you to prevent teeth sensitivity:
- Avoid brushing your teeth too hard or also avoid using a hard-bristled toothbrush. It may wear down the enamel and will expose the dentin.
- Avoid teeth grinding or clenching because this would also lead enamel to wear down.
- Tooth whitening products. It contains a harsh chemical to whiten stained teeth, but it could also wear down the enamel.
- Long-term use of mouthwash can worsen existing tooth sensitivity. Opting for a neutral fluoride mouthwash could be better.
Suffering from teeth sensitivity or any other dental issues? Contact us at All Smile Care for a wide variety of Dental Services in Lowell, call (978) 234-4334. We are located at 109 Middlesex St., Lowell, MA 01852. Our passionate team is ready to serve you.