Treating tooth sensitivity (Dentin Hypersensitivity)
Sensitive teeth can be a pain when you’re trying to enjoy a delicious hot chocolate or refreshing bowl of ice cream. But what is tooth sensitivity? It is exactly what it sounds like, your teeth react to stimuli, hot and cold temperatures, by giving you pain and discomfort. In this blog, we’ll discuss the causes and how you can prevent the problem from becoming worse.
What are the causes?
Sensitive teeth can be caused by a range of factors, which include:
- Tooth erosion after consuming lots of acidic foods,
- Tooth erosion after suffering from diseases such as eating disorders and reflux,
- Loss of enamel, either from the food you’re eating or using a hard-bristled toothbrush,
- Exposure to the gum surface as a side effect of gum recession.
How do I prevent tooth sensitivity?
The best method you can use to prevent sensitivity is by using sensitive toothpaste. These work by blocking the nerve from the tooth’s surface, so that the pain isn’t transmitted. Before starting a new toothpaste, you should consult your dentist to make sure that they are happy with it and that it will have the best effect on your teeth. When using the toothpaste you should brush as normal, twice daily to make sure it’s working properly. In addition to the toothpaste, you can also use a desensitizing mouthwash.
Tooth sensitivity can’t be fully treated and will never go away, as your teeth have been damaged and exposed to stimuli. This is why it’s important that you continue using the toothpaste even when you feel the sensitivity go away. If not, the pain will start to come back, until you use your toothpaste again.
What if I don’t treat it?
Tooth sensitivity can also be caused by a range of dental issues such as a chipped tooth and cavities. It’s important to visit your dentist or orthodontist when you’re experiencing any pain and eliminate any more conditions, even if it’s just a case of tooth sensitivity.
- Mohammad Malik