Having sensitive teeth might sound like a relatively minor problem. But for people that have them, the condition makes eating foods and drinking liquids a nervous prospect. If you are one of the 1 in 8 adults who do have sensitive teeth, use the following tips to relieve the worst of the symptoms.
Overcome the Symptoms of Sensitive Teeth
Use Toothpaste for Sensitive Teeth
There are several brands of toothpaste that are marketed specifically to people with sensitive teeth. They contain an ingredient called potassium nitrate that blocks the tiny tubules in the dentin of the teeth that actually register the sensitivity. It's important, however, to use this type of toothpaste regularly instead of just temporarily.
People with sensitive teeth need to use a soft toothbrush, avoid brushing vigorously and brush for a full two minutes. Brushing too hard or not enough can expose the roots of the teeth which are protected by a substance called Cementum. This substance wears away relatively easily, contributing to the sensitivity of teeth.
Watch What You Eat
Hot and cold temperatures, as well as sugary foods and drinks, irritate the sensitivity in teeth. But acidic foods like soda pop, fruit juices, and red wine actually strip away the enamel on the teeth, making the overall level of sensitivity even higher. Limit consumption of acidic foods and drinks, and try to brush within 20 minutes after consuming them.
Consult With Your Dentist
In cases where the level of sensitivity has become unbearable, a dentist may be able to help. It's possible to apply a painted-on barrier to the teeth made of either a fluoride varnish or a plastic resin that essentially replicates the enamel. It's only a temporary fix, though. The barrier wears off within a couple of years, possibly even within a couple of months.
Stop Grinding Your Teeth
Tooth grinding quickly wears away the enamel of the teeth and exacerbates sensitivity problems. But many people only grind their teeth at night and are not away they do it at all. One telltale sign is waking up with a sore jaw in the morning. Night tooth grinding can be corrected by wearing a mouth guard.
Treat All Your Dental Issues at The Happy Tooth
If you do have sensitive teeth, it could be a sign that you have other oral care issues, either currently or looming in the future. Before your symptoms get worse, make an appointment at the nearest North Carolina office of The Happy Tooth.