Three Tips To Ease Pain From Sensitive Teeth
October 17, 2013 Many of us feel a shooting pain in the teeth when drinking ice cold water or biting into hot foods. There are many reasons for tooth sensitivity, and the bad news is that each one can potentially lead to damage that would require serious dental procedures. The good news, however, is that you can ease the pain if things have not advanced too far, by following these three simple tips. First of all, make sure that you use a softer toothbrush, since one of the reasons for sensitive teeth is rigorous brushing with hard-bristled brushes that can damage the tooth enamel. Getting a soft-bristled brush, and reducing the pressure you apply when brushing, will help to relieve any painful symptoms. Secondly, don't forget that brushing should take place every day. We all live busy lives, and it's easy to forget that regular brushing is essential for healthy teeth. The bacteria found in plaque releases an acid that irritates teeth, and can cause increased sensitivity and pain. Finally, if things are getting serious, you might want to consider switching to desensitising toothpaste. Unfortunately, sometimes increased sensitivity is the result of damaged enamel, receding gums, or other problems with the teeth. If this is the case, the best option is to start using one of a range of specialised toothpastes that have an ingredient which fills the microscopic holes in the dentin, thus reducing pain and sensitivity. In any case, don't forget that the only way to find out what's causing your increased tooth sensitivity is to get examined by your dentist. Sometimes, increased sensitivity follows dental procedures, but in these cases it is temporary and disappears with time. In other cases, grinding or clenching your teeth could lead to increased sensitivity, too, which is also not cause for concern as long as it only happens occasionally. Yet, if you feel pain from hot and cold drinks and foods, this usually means there has been damage to the enamel, and you should visit a dentist as soon as possible.