4 steps to deal with sensitive teeth
Sensitive teeth can feel different depending on the cause.
- Identify the feeling of the sensitivity or pain. Sometimes you get a sudden, often sharp pain. This can occur when eating or drinking something cold, sweet, or sour. You might also notice it while brushing your teeth or breathing in very cold air. Other times the pain might be a dull pulsating sensation and persist for some time.
- Identify the source of the sensitivity. If you have sensitive teeth here are some possible causes:
- Tooth decay (cavities)
- Fractured teeth
- Worn fillings
- Gum disease
- Erosion of enamel
- Exposed tooth root (receding gums)
- Teeth grinding
- Incorrect, often aggressive, toothbrushing technique
- Using oral hygiene products that have bristles that are too hard or low-quality
- If you have worn enamel or exposed root surfaces, try eliminating the cause of sensitivity. Reduce the number of acidic foods and drinks, such as carbonated drinks or citrus fruits. When brushing use small gentle strokes with light pressure, rather than vigorous or harsh scrubbing, and avoid abrasive toothpaste. If you grind your teeth, ask your dentist about a mouth guard.
- Visit your dentist for a conclusive diagnosis and treatment. It is best to get a dental exam to understand the cause and treatment options. Depending on the circumstance, your dental professional may recommend different treatment options.
- Desensitizing toothpaste
- Fluoride to strengthen enamel
- A crown or filling
- Surgical gum graft
- Root canal treatment
Having sensitive teeth can affect your quality of life. Remember if you cannot solve by any measures you’ve taken on your own, it is recommended to see your dental professional.