Tooth sensitivity happens when the enamel, or the protective layer, on your tooth is broken down. Extreme temperature changes can cause the tooth to expand, which in turn creates microscopic cracks. This leaves the tooth vulnerable, allowing cold or hot food items to get to the nerve, causing tooth sensitivity or pain.
- Change your toothpaste
- Certain toothpaste brands cause tooth enamel to weaken, especially whitening toothpaste. Studies show that whitening toothpaste does not whiten your teeth very much, due to the short duration the toothpaste is on the surface of the tooth. Ask your dentist what toothpaste they recommend for your teeth.
- Avoid acidic food/drinks
- Acid and carbonation in food and drinks contribute to the breaking down of enamel. They make your teeth more sensitive to hot and cold temperatures.
- Take it easy
- Enamel can be removed when you brush your teeth too vigorously. Make sure that you use a soft bristle toothbrush and do not press down too hard on your teeth. If the bristles on your brush are flat or pointing in multiple directions, it most likely means you are brushing your teeth with too much force.
- Brushing too hard can also cause your gums to recede. When your gums recede, your teeth become vulnerable to sensitivity.
- Be gentle with your teeth and gums.
- Go to the Dentist
- There are a couple of in-office treatments that can be used to prevent or stop sensitivity. Most people do not need to go see a dentist unless the sensitivity is severe for both hot and cold temperatures, and lasts for over 4 days in a row. You can always ask your dentist any questions about sensitivity.
Here at Seneca Family Dental, we want the best for our patients’ smiles! If you are experiencing pain or sensitivity, we welcome you to come in and find out what option is best for you. Come see us today for a healthy and happy smile! Call or text us to schedule your appointment!