There are few things in life as enjoyable as a good meal, and the last thing you want is that meal being ruined by shooting pains in your mouth. There are a number of possible causes for sensitive teeth and your dentist in Winnipeg can get to the root of the problem (pun intended). One thing we know for sure – sensations of hot and cold are making their way to the nerve endings in your teeth. That could be because of gum disease, it could be because of cavities, it could be because enamel or fillings have worn down – you’ll need to visit your dentist to know for sure. Here are some tips that can be effective to help with tooth sensitivity:
Use Desensitizing Toothpaste
There are all kinds of toothpaste on the market. Desensitizing toothpaste is perfect for people with sensitive teeth because it blocks nerve transmissions that cause tooth pain. You should know, however, that not feeling pain doesn’t mean the problem is gone. Pain is your body’s way of telling you something is wrong – you need healing. In other words, desensitizing toothpaste is only a band aid solution – the underlying cause of your sensitivity still needs to be addressed.
Invest in a Night Guard
One of the more common causes of worn enamel is bruxism – the grinding and clenching of teeth. Sleep bruxism can’t be remedied by force of will alone – you’re asleep when it happens, after all. Night guards create separation between your top and bottom teeth, relieving pressure and reducing fractures and wear. This can stop more of your teeth from becoming sensitive and give your enamel a chance to fortify through remineralization.
Improve Your Oral Health Routine
Brush twice daily, floss once daily. You’ve heard it time and time again, but if you have sensitive teeth, the advice is particularly important. There are gum diseases that can be cured with a good oral health routine. That’s where the desensitizing toothpaste we discussed earlier comes in – while the desensitization doesn’t cure what ails you, the fluoride can help remineralize your teeth, and the brushing can reduce gum disease.
Avoid Certain Foods
While your teeth are sensitive, you should avoid foods that cause you pain! That might mean no ice cream or hot soup until the problem is fixed. You should also avoid very acidic or sugary foods because they can aggravate the conditions that are causing your teeth to be sensitive in the first place.
Visit Your Dentist
To truly know what’s causing your tooth sensitivity, you need to visit your dentist. A cavity that’s causing sensitivity can be filled. Special fluoride gel can be used to help the remineralization process. You may need a root canal – your dentist can help. In other words, dentists will find the problems causing your sensitivity and fix those problems. Ignoring the sensitivity or dulling it with desensitizing toothpaste isn’t going to improve things – find out what’s wrong and let your dentist help you heal!