If you have sensitive teeth, you probably already know. After all, you’re the one feeling the sting in your mouth when you accidentally let ice touch your teeth, not us. But what is tooth sensitivity and how can you deal with it? Well, usually tooth sensitivity is caused by the enamel being thin or worn away, exposing nerves to more sensation.
But don’t worry, we can help you reduce the discomfort! It’s not quite time to switch to dentures yet!
Update your dental routine
Sometimes, brushing too hard or too often can wear away the enamel. You should still brush at least twice a day but using a soft bristled brush and sensitive toothpaste. Brush gently in a circular motion, with your toothbrush tilted at a 45 degree angle so that you don’t damage your teeth and gums. Some toothpastes can work on sensitive teeth almost immediately, so can help relieve your pain soon.
Could it be a cavity? Or gum recession?
Some tooth sensitivity is not the end of the world, but continued or intense pain could be a sign that you have a cavity which will most likely require a filling.
If it is not a cavity, it may be that your gums have receded enough to expose sensitive roots. Again, a good brushing technique and thorough oral hygiene will help you manage this problem, but the earlier you catch this problem the better.
Avoid the triggers
If you know that your teeth are particularly sensitive to hot or cold foods and drinks, or strongly flavoured things, try to avoid direct contact with your teeth. Avoid ice in drinks, use a straw where possible (preferably not a plastic one), and let your food cool to a comfortable temperature before chomping in to it.
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