Have you ever bitten into a cold, crisp apple and flinched because suddenly your teeth hurt? Or taken a spoonful of hot chicken soup and felt a sharp pain? You may have a common condition called tooth sensitivity, 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 thoroughly, but gently, cannot be overemphasized! This simple, daily routine is your first defense against tooth sensitivity.
There Is Help:
–When you brush, use a soft-bristled toothbrush, and brush gently around the teeth and the gum line. You do not want to inflame the gums by brushing harshly, or wear down your tooth enamel.
–A desensitizing toothpaste can block off the nerve endings in the dentin which is exposed.
–A toothpaste and mouthwash that contains fluoride can help strengthen the tooth enamel and lower painful sensations.
–If you have a tendency to grind your teeth during the night you may want to consider wearing a mouth guard that will protect your teeth while you sleep.
–In between visits, watching what you eat will help. Avoid prolonged exposure to acidic or sticky foods, and rinse well with water after eating, even if you do not brush directly after a meal.
–Keep all scheduled dental appointments, ideally every six months so we can remove plaque, cover exposed root surfaces with white fillings (bonding), apply dentin sealers to exposed roots, or fluoride varnishes on exposed roots.
Please let us know if you have any questions or to schedule an appointment by contacting Dr. Charles Peter’s caring team at 727-785-7202 today!