Does it hurt when you drink cold water? Hot chocolate? Eat ice cream? Those are signs that your teeth are on the sensitive side. However, it’s pretty common. “A new survey of U.S. dental offices finds that one in eight people has over-sensitive teeth.” But that doesn’t mean that you should suffer every time you want something cold or hot.
Here is what you need to know about your sensitive teeth.
- Exposed tooth root
- Worn filling
- Grinding teeth at night
- Tooth erosion
- Brushing too hard
- Acidic foods
- Receding gums
These different symptoms can be because your teeth are wearing down and aren’t as equipped to deal with extreme temperatures. You usually don’t have to see a dentist for sensitive teeth, (unless you are in intense pain), but if over the counter remedies like the ones listed below aren’t helping; it would be a good idea to schedule an appointment.
How to help
- Get a specific toothpaste for sensitive teeth. Colgate has one, and it should be used on a regular basis to see the best results
- If a crown or filling has worn down, replacing it can help decrease the sensitivity level.
Fluoride treatments in the dentist’s office can strengthen your tooth enamel, therefore, making your teeth less prone to sensitivity.
How to prevent
Sensitive teeth are preventable if you treat your mouth well.
Brushing twice a day correctly for two minutes can help reduce your chances of sensitive teeth.
Flossing may not be everyone’ favorite thing to do, but it is so good for you mouth! It can prevent plaque buildup in between your teeth and on the gum line, making your teeth cleaner and less likely to be sensitive.
A desensitizing gel can also strengthen your teeth increase their resistance to acidic foods.
Brush your teeth after eating. Brushing would remove the bacteria that could settle in your teeth if you waited hours before cleaning your teeth.
Prevention is the best way to care for your teeth. Be careful with them because they’re the only ones you have! If your teeth are bothering you, or it’s time for a cleaning, give us a call to schedule your appointment!