What Can Be Done to Sooth Your Sensitive Teeth?

Don’t you just hate it when it’s so hot outside and you badly want a scoop of ice cream or a hot cup of coffee on a cold, rainy day, but can’t do any of those because of your sensitive teeth? It’s not really your dental bridge that you’re worried about, but the pain you feel on your healthy teeth whenever you eat cold or hot food. 

The good news is you don’t need to live with sensitive teeth anymore. There are things you can do to easily remedy sensitive teeth.

Cause of Sensitive Teeth

In America alone, 40 million adults experience sensitive teeth, making it the most common complaint among dental patients today. Sensitive teeth are actually caused by the stimulation of the cells in the teeth. Changes in temperature of foods and drinks that touch the teeth, from hot to cold and vice versa, causes them to expand and contract. Constant exposure to these changes will develop cracks in the teeth over time. This causes the tiny cells in the teeth to be exposed and chafed, thus, causing the pain you feel every time you eat or drink.

Avoid Teeth Sensitivity

Here are things to can do to keep your teeth from getting sensitive:

o Avoid toothpaste that contains abrasive ingredients. Instead use desensitizing toothpaste, which is made up of compounds that help stop over stimulation of pain in the tooth’s nerve.

  • Use medium bristled toothbrush. Hard bristled toothbrushes only accelerate the wear out of the tooth’s root and expose its sensitive spots. To prevent such condition, use only medium or better yet soft-bristled toothbrush.
  • Don’t brush too hard. Make sure you brush only with short side to side strokes and gentle up and down movement. To know if you are brushing too hard, look at the bristles of your toothbrush. If they are pointing in all directions, it’s an indication that you’re brushing too hard.
  • See your dentist immediately if you feel sensitivity in your teeth for more than three days. Even if you think it’s your bridge that’s causing you trouble, see your dentist nonetheless. Getting a diagnosis from your dentist will help determine the extent of your teeth problem. Your dentist can coat the affected areas with fluoride gel or special desensitizing agents to ease the pain. Early consultation with your dentist will also help determine if the teeth are not simply sensitive but actually, have a cavity or abscess.

So, whether it’s the hot, cold, sour, or sweet food that causes sensitivity in your teeth, you don’t have to put up with it. Go see your dentist and know what can be done to remedy the sensitivity you feel. And as you are with your dentist already, have him take a look at your bridge as well. It may be adding up to what you feel.

Sensitive Teeth? You May Have These Dental Issues

It’s a chilly day and as you walk by the grocery store, you catch a whiff of yummy French onion soup. As your mouth begins to water, you come to the sobering realization that while the soup may taste good, it will be a pain (literally) to enjoy.

The same kind of intense, dull tooth and jaw ache happen when enjoying overly cold delights such as ice cream.

You probably think you just have sensitive teeth and there’s nothing you can do about it. You just keep using sensitive teeth toothpaste and hope for the best.

Your sensitive teeth could be simply that, but it could also be a greater dental problem that your dentist should look at. Today’s Dental

Possible Dental Conditions

Sensitive teeth are a telltale sign that the enamel of your tooth or teeth has been worn down and weakened. The tooth enamel is the hard, protective barrier that protects the inside of the tooth, including the tooth pulp. The pulp of the tooth is where blood vessels and nerves of the tooth are. It is also where the tooth roots are that affix the tooth to the jaw.

When the nerves of the tooth pulp are exposed, as when the tooth enamel is weakened, tooth sensitivity and pain often result.

The wearing away of tooth enamel has many causes which prompt a visit to your dentist. The most common dental issues that result in the weakening of tooth enamel include tooth decay, broken or chipped teeth, teeth grinding, and gum disease. Today’s Dental | Family Dentist in Edmonton

Tooth Decay (Cavities)

Tooth decay is the most common destroyer of tooth enamel. Tooth decay is the result of poor and inconsistent dental hygiene practices, a poor diet, and being a part of a high-risk group, such as those who smoke and who have certain health conditions such as diabetes that can lower one’s immune system functionality.

Cavities are formed when germs and bacteria of leftover food particles decay and interact with saliva, producing a sugary substance that eats away at teeth enamel.

Cavities can be easily treated with fillings or a crown (if the tooth decay affects a large area of a tooth).

Broken or Chipped Teeth

Teeth enamel can also be weakened due to injury and trauma such as when a tooth is broken or chipped. Teeth that are broken and/or chipped should be treated by a dentist immediately. Permanent adult teeth don’t grow back once they fall out or get broken. The best chance to save the tooth, in either case, is to have a dentist treat it immediately.

If broken or chipped teeth aren’t immediately treated, a host of dental treatment options will be employed to preserve what is left of the tooth including crowns, inlays, onlays, and veneers. Many of these dental treatments are considered cosmetic dental procedures and may likely not be covered by dental insurance.

Teeth Grinding or Clenching

Sometimes tooth enamel is worn off by the excessive grinding and clenching of teeth. The rubbing of the teeth surfaces and the extreme pressure put on the surface of the teeth can easily break down the enamel over time.

This condition of clenching and grinding of teeth is called Bruxism. Most patients with Bruxism often clench or grind their teeth at night while they are asleep. Most aren’t aware that they have it.

Patients with Bruxism can be treated with the use of specialized mouth guards that are worn at night while the patient sleeps. The soft rubber mouth guard cushions teeth which protect them from further damage of grinding and clenching.

Gum Disease

Sometimes tooth sensitivity is caused by gum disease. Gum recession, (when one’s teeth look unusually long) is a sign of moderate gum disease. When there is moderate gum disease, the pockets of gum tissue around the roots of teeth loosen and deepen, causing the gum tissue to pull away from the teeth, exposing parts of the teeth that are normally protected and covered by gum tissue.

As these gum pockets widen and deepen, there is a greater chance that food particles will get lodged inside and begin to infect the roots of teeth (the part of teeth that anchor them to the jaw). If gum scaling and planning aren’t performed by the dentist, the gum recession will worsen and lead to teeth being lost and the bone tissue of the jaw becoming weak and compromised.

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