Too hot? Too cold? Both? Everybody experiences tooth sensitivity at some point or another because it’s one of the most common dental conditions and, well, ice cream is awesome. But how do you know if your tooth sensitivity is not a big deal or a very big deal? What can you do about tooth sensitivity?
The causes of tooth sensitivity range from diet to root damage, so it’s important to know how to correct tooth sensitivity and also how to avoid it in the future. Sometimes simple lifestyle chances can make all the difference, but sometimes it’s absolutely necessary to see your dentist. Because eating ice cream shouldn’t be painful!
Whitening your teeth at home can be incredibly convenient, but without the help of your dentist, you might run into some problems. Usually, tooth sensitivity from bleaching is only temporary, but whitening too often can lead to longer sensitivity if not done properly.
Acidic Foods and Drinks
Yeah, you hear it just about everywhere, but candy and soda are bad for your teeth! Choosing healthier snacks, like fruits and cheese or veggies and yogurt, actually helps fight the acid and bacteria that wear down enamel. That’s a win-win.
Brushing your teeth twice a day is one of the best decisions you can make, but if you brush too hard or are brushing with a hard-bristled brush, then you might be brushing off enamel too. Try switching to a soft-bristled brush or, if you’re simply brushing side-to-side, try brushing at a 45-degree angle.
Prolonged grinding of teeth or clenching of the jaw can cause temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), but it can also wear down the enamel on your teeth and cause tooth sensitivity. Since teeth grinding is bad for both the jaw joint and enamel, it’s important to visit the dentist to find out if you need a night guard that’s custom-made to fit your bite.
Should I See My Dentist About Tooth Sensitivity?
It’s easy to brush off tooth sensitivity as something that will just go away – and sometimes it will! – but if you continue to suffer from tooth sensitivity then it’s time to visit the dentist. Your dentist can help you find the cause and offer a variety of treatments, like specialized toothpaste, desensitizing gel or fillings and sealants if the problem is more serious.
If you want to learn more about the causes of tooth sensitivity and finally enjoy ice cream again, come talk to Dr. Blaine McLaughlin and the team at Dental Touch Associates in Cedar Rapids.