What is tooth sensitivity? Tooth sensitivity is the pain you feel when you eat something that is hot or cold, sugary or acidic. This happens when your gums are receding and your middle tooth layer, the dentin, is exposed behind the tooth enamel, touching your nerves.
The good news is that there are things you can do to help reduce tooth sensitivity. As always, brushing and flossing cannot be overemphasized! This simple, daily routine is your first defense against tooth sensitivity.
When you brush, use a soft grade toothbrush, and be gentle in your movements around the teeth and the gum line. You do not want to inflame the gums.
A good toothpaste with ingredients to soothe sensitive teeth is highly recommended. This will help reduce tooth sensitivity over time.
A toothpaste and mouthwash that has fluoride in it will help with tooth sensitivity.
If you have a tendency to grind your teeth at night you may want to consider wearing a mouth guard that will protect your teeth while you sleep.
Don’t forget to visit us every six months so we can keep your mouth healthy and maybe even apply dentin sealers or fluoride varnishes.
In between visits, watching what you eat will help. Try to avoid prolonged exposure to acidic or sugary foods, and rinse well with water after eating, even if you do not brush directly after a meal.
Please let us know if you have any questions by contacting our friendly staff at Sterling Dental at 941-926-9888 today!