Do you find that performing daily activities like flossing, brushing your teeth, or eating causes unbearable pain throughout the day? Well, if the answer is yes, you may just be experiencing tooth sensitivity. Though it is extremely common, it can still produce intense agony and can be caused by many different factors.
It could just be a minor problem that a simple home remedy can fix, but we at Beautiful Smiles recommend that whenever you experience tooth sensitivity, light or intense, that you come directly to the clinic so that your dentist can fix it right away and avoid any future damage to your teeth and the enamel. Here are the best dental treatments & care for sensitive teeth
The Most Common Causes of Sensitive Teeth
You may be wondering, what causes sensitive teeth all of a sudden? A tooth may become sensitive for a number of different reasons, but to know the exact cause, you will need to see a dentist. Because tooth sensitivity is different for every person, there is a unique solution for different cases. Here are common causes of tooth sensitivity:
- Gingivitis – When your gums are inflamed and sore, it can expose the teeth’s roots.
- Cracked Tooth – Have you recently cracked your tooth and are experiencing tooth sensitivity? Well, sensitivity could be due to bacteria filling the tooth.
- Teeth Grinding – Constantly chewing on hard materials like pencils or grinding your teeth can wear down the enamel.
- Mouthwash – The continuous use of mouthwash that contains acid can damage the dentin layer and worsen tooth sensitivity. If you suspect that your mouthwash may be the cause, there are neutral mouthwashes available; ask your dentist.
- Sugary Drinks, Candy, and Acidic Foods- Overconsumption of these foods and drinks will eventually cause tooth decay and tooth sensitivity.
Remember never to self diagnose your tooth sensitivity. You may feel like the problem is small, but it can actually be very grave and cause you a lifetime of trouble with your teeth. So, if you are experiencing any kind of tooth pain, contact Beautiful Smiles right away!
Treat sensitive teeth at home: How to Stop Sensitive Teeth Pain Immediately
In some cases, tooth sensitivity can be treated in the comfort of your own home with a few simple home remedies. It is still recommended that you visit your dentist first to ensure that things like cavities and gum disease are not the culprit, but here are a few simple solutions to help you ease any discomfort.
Toothpaste for Sensitive Teeth
Luckily, there are many different kinds of toothpaste that were created to help those with sensitive teeth. Some of these toothpaste work to numb the nerves inside the teeth, and others help protect your gum line that runs alongside the teeth’ nerves. Talk to your Beautiful Smiles Dentist for the perfect toothpaste designed for your teeth.
Rinse your Teeth with Salt Water
A trick used by many across the world. Take a glass of lukewarm water and mix in 1/2 a teaspoon of salt. Swish the solution in your mouth for 30 seconds and then spit it out. Try to repeat this process about two or three times per day.
A Toothbrush for Sensitive Teeth
Worn-down enamel can be caused by over brushing with a worn-down, cheap toothbrush. If the bristles in your toothbrush are too tough, consider buying a dentist-recommended brush that has soft bristles. This will help protect your teeth in the long run.
The Best Foods to Eat When You Have Sensitive Teeth
One of the most annoying and irritating things about sensitive teeth is the feeling you get when anything touches your tooth. This can decrease your appetite and put your body’s health at risk. Try to eat and drink:
- Soft fruits and vegetables that are rich in Fiber
- Warm Milk (Not too Hot or too Cold)
- Plain Yogurt
- Green or Black Tea
- Sugarless Gum
These foods and beverages not only moisten the mouth but also help fight back against acid and bacteria, eating away at your beautiful smile. If and when you eat something acidic, don’t go right to the bathroom to brush your teeth. Wait about an hour and then scrub.
Helpful Tips For Avoiding Sensitive Teeth
Sensitive teeth can be severely painful, and it is not something that anyone should have to suffer through. So, doing whatever you can to avoid this excruciating pain should be one of your priorities; here’s how:
- Practice proper oral hygiene. Brush at least twice a day and floss at least once, but remember not to overdo it.
- Protect your teeth. If you grind your teeth at night, get a nightguard. Also, try to avoid smoking or using any other tobacco product.
- Make sure your diet is healthy. Cut back on foods that contain lots of sugar and carbs, drink lots and lots of water, and eat your dairy and vegetables.
Treatment for Sensitive Teeth with Beautiful Smiles
When you visit our clinic in Gurnee, IL, our incredible Dr. Milagros Gálvez will examine your teeth. After determining the cause of sensitivity, she will create a personalized dental plan. Depending on the cause, she will recommend either at-home treatments such as:
- Tips for better brushing
- Desensitizing toothpaste
- Modifying your diet
- Wearing a mouthguard at night if the problem is tooth grinding
- Fillings to protect exposed tooth roots
In some cases, it is common to see tooth sensitivity as a symptom of cavity or gum disease. If an underlying dental health issue causes the discomfort that you are feeling throughout the day then Dr. Gálvez will discuss the best treatment plan for you so that she can help take away the pain and get you back to smiling all of the time
For more information regarding tooth sensitivity, do not hesitate to contact Beautiful Smiles Dental Clinic today for a check-up. Don’t let tooth pain ruin your day, and get the help you need from experienced and professional dentists with a team that genuinely cares about the health of your teeth!