Say Goodbye to Tooth Sensitivity

Say Goodbye to Tooth Sensitivity

We hate to say it, but it’s going to be a long winter… bundle up!

And speaking of extreme temperatures: if we’re going to protect our bodies from the cold, why not do the same for our teeth?

Many people experience tooth sensitivity, or dentinal hypersensitivity, when our teeth are exposed to hot or cold, or when we eat something sweet. But the key to avoiding this type of situation is to take preventative measures.

Determining the cause of your tooth sensitivity will help you to take the right preventative action. Causes of tooth sensitivity include:

  • Worn enamel – this can be caused by foods or drinks high in acid, by aggressive brushing, or a bruxism (teeth grinding) habit
  • Gum recession as a result of gum disease or aggressive brushing, or just aging
  • Tooth decay or cavities
  • Fracture or breakage
  • Failed/old fillings

Can you find the cause of your tooth sensitivity? Knowing this is important. If you think your sensitivity may be due to an old/worn or broken filling, or due to a fracture or chip, you should see your dentist as soon as possible. The longer you go without addressing your potential problem with a professional, the more extensive the treatment you may require.

Some effective ways you can prevent tooth sensitivity and lessen the discomfort include:

Know the Difference: Dental Demineralization vs. Remineralization

There are certain toothpaste products available that work to desensitize the tooth through blocking the tubules in the dentin layer, or by essentially “numbing” the nerves in the tubules.

Limit your intake of acidic foods and drinks.

By reducing the amount of acid you expose your teeth to, you’ll be helping to protect them from enamel erosion.

Use a toothbrush with soft bristles, and brush gently.

Gentle brushing with a soft-bristled brush is kind to the teeth, helping you to avoid enamel wear or gum recession with cleaning.

And last, but surely not least…

We hope this article helps you to manage tooth sensitivity this winter (and for life)!