ARE YOU READY FOR A “SENSITIVE” DISCUSSION? A sensitive teeth discussion, that is…
Here at our Centralia dental practice, we realize that this isn’t an ongoing problem for a lot of our patients. However, it is for some. And, it’s almost certainly a periodic problem for most people.
Tooth sensitivity can come from many things including sweet or sour foods and hot or cold temperatures. For some, simply biting down can hurt. The resulting pain can be mild to severe—and sometimes very sharp, shooting directly to tooth nerve endings.
Regardless of the level of pain, tooth sensitivity is not pleasant. If the pain is long lasting or severe, you should probably make an appointment to visit with us. If the pain is minor and/or very occasional, here are a few basic things you can do to help prevent sensitivity:
Keeping up great oral hygiene prevents tarter buildup. This helps reduce the risk of exposing nerves. Using a soft-bristled toothbrush causes less abrasion and reduces potential gum recession. There are also several brands of toothpaste that, with regular use, help decrease sensitivity.
Daily use of a fluoridated mouthwash can decrease sensitivity.
Avoid Highly Acidic Foods And Drinks
Highly acidic foods and drinks can contribute to the dissolving of tooth enamel, which in turn can increase sensitivity. Limit such items—including many sports drinks. It can also help to rinse your mouth with water after eating or drinking acidic items.
Don’t Clinch Or Grind Your Teeth
Teeth grinding and clenching can also lead to enamel wear, which can cause sensitivity (and a host of other problems). Visit with Dr. Falter if you suspect this is a problem you need help with.
As always… Our sincere thanks for the trust you place in our practice. Here at our dental practice, we want to be your greatest information resource for preventing and solving tooth sensitivity issues.
Here’s a short video you’ll enjoy about this topic: