Pain No More: Ways to Relieve Sensitive Teeth

Girl with Sensitive TeethWhen the sip of a hot beverage or a taste of something cold is painful for you, you may have sensitive teeth. The same is also true if brushing and flossing teeth makes you wince occasionally. While tooth sensitivity is commonly triggered when consuming hot or cold foods and beverages, it also has many causes. These include cavities, gum disease, worn enamel, or exposed tooth root.

You can feel pain from sensitivity when the dentin (the layer underneath the enamel), loses its protective covering. This allows the heat, cold, or acids to reach the nerve inside the teeth. It is also important to know that gum recession exposes the dentin, resulting in hypersensitivity.

The good news is, you can treat sensitive teeth. The treatment, of course, will depend on the cause of the problem. Here are some of the treatment available:

  • Desensitizing toothpaste. It has ingredients that stop transmission of pain from the surface of your teeth to the nerve. General dentists in Glenview note that this will require several uses before you can experience decreased discomfort or sensitivity.
  • Avoid or limit acidic foods. The acid in foods and drink scan contribute to wearing away of enamel, which may result in sensitivity. You can avoid acidic foods altogether or take precautions when consuming them like drinking through a straw to limit contact with the teeth.
  • Bonding or fluoride gel. Your dentist may use crown or bonding to fix a decay or flaw that causes sensitivity. Fluoride gel may also be used to strengthen the enamel or decrease transmission of pain and sensitivity.
  • Gum graft or root canal. If you have gum recession, your dentist may suggest gum graft to protect the tooth root. For persistent and severe sensitivity, a root canal may be necessary if other methods cannot treat the problem.
  • Wear a mouth guard. Teeth grinding can wear away enamel and contribute to sensitivity. A mouth guard can help you stop this habit and eventually reduce painful sensations.

Take steps toward stronger and less sensitive teeth with these suggestions. Proper oral hygiene always matters, as well as visiting the dentist for checkups and cleanings.