If you get a shooting pain every time you bite down on something cold, hot or sweet, you have teeth sensitivity. Teeth sensitivity is caused by worn tooth enamel, dental trauma, cavities or exposed tooth roots. Some treatments that your dentist might recommend for your sensitive teeth are:
- Use desensitizing toothpaste: We mentioned in an earlier post about how toothpaste like Sensodyne is one of the best toothpastes to use for your sensitive teeth. Remember that instead of brushing it on your teeth, you just need to rub it on sensitive areas.
- Apply fluoride: Fluoride helps strengthen your tooth enamel and will reduce your tooth pain. Your dentist might apply some fluoride gel to the sensitive areas in your mouth. You can also try using a fluoride mouth rinse once day to help make your teeth stronger.
- Use a soft toothbrush: If you are brushing your teeth with too much force and are using a hard-bristled toothbrush, you could be harming your teeth more than helping them. Brushing too hard damages your tooth enamel and causes your gum lines to recede, which leads to tooth sensitivity. Use a soft toothbrush instead, and don’t press too hard when brushing your teeth.
- Get a dental sealant: Your teeth sensitivity might be due to exposed tooth roots. If that’s the case, your dentist can apply a dental sealant to your tooth roots to prevent them from causing you more pain.
- Visit the dentist to get a professional teeth cleaning: Your teeth sensitivity might be due to plaque on your teeth. Plaque builds up over time and becomes so hard that the only way to remove it is with professional teeth cleaning equipment at the dentist’s office.
If you have sensitive teeth, you should see a dentist immediately. It could be a sign of a very serious oral health issue. Contact the Lakeway Center for Cosmetic and Family Dentistry today and set-up your appointment.