Do brushing, flossing, eating, and drinking cause pain in your mouth? You might have sensitive teeth! Not to worry, many people do. Visit your dentist if you’re concerned. They can rule out other possible factors for pain such as a cracked tooth or a cavity. If you do think you have sensitive teeth, here are some recommendations.
A dentist may apply fluoride to the sensitive parts of your teeth. This strengthens tooth enamel and reduces the pain. They might even recommend using prescription fluoride at home.
After you apply desensitizing toothpaste a few times, it blocks the pain that comes with having sensitive teeth.
Surgical Gum Graft
Perhaps the root of one of your teeth has lost gum tissue. If that’s the case, gum tissue can be taken from other parts of your mouth and attached to the affected site. This protects roots that are exposed and reduces sensitivity.
Sometimes, root surfaces that are exposed are treated by using bonding resin. This is applied to the root surfaces that are sensitive. In this process, a local anesthetic might be needed.
If sensitive teeth are causing you severe pain and none of the other treatments are effective, your dentist could recommend a root canal. This is a procedure that treats the problem at it’s source – literally. It fixes the problem in the tooth’s soft core. This might seem like a big treatment, but it’s considered the most successful way of eliminating tooth sensitivity,
So how do you prevent sensitive teeth from recurring? Brush your teeth at least twice a day, preferably with a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste that has fluoride. Remember to floss daily.
Some people grind their teeth in their sleep. If you’re one of them, ask your dentist if you should consider a mouth guard. Grinding teeth causes tiny fractures in the teeth which in turn causes sensitivity.
You could also try to limit your intake of certain foods and drinks. When you have acidic liquids, carbonated beverages, citrus fruits, wine and yogurt, they all remove small amounts of tooth enamel over a period of time. If you do eat or drink any of these foods, make sure to have water or milk afterwards to balance out the acid in your mouth. Also, make sure not to brush your teeth right after – after eating or drinking acidic foods, your teeth are sensitive and they are more vulnerable to pain during brushing!