Receding gum tissues reveal this underlying layer of the teeth, allowing stimuli like hot or cold foods to reach the nerves in your teeth.
The result is sharp, shooting or sudden pain in your teeth’s nerve endings.
To prevent tooth sensitivity, follow proper flossing and brushing techniques to keep your teeth and mouth clean. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to reduce irritation on the gums and abrasion on the tooth surface.
Use gentle strokes and moderate pressure when brushing, and carefully clean aroudn the gum line to avoid removing gum tissue.
Use a toothpaste specially formulated for sensitive teeth.
When you use a desentitizing formula regularly, you should notice a decrease in pain.
If your teeth are sensitive, avoid highly acidic foods.
These foods can lead to dentin exposure because they dissolve the enamel of the teeth over time.
Wash your mouth every day with a fluoridated rinse. Talk to your dentist about products you can use at home to decrease sensitivity.
Grinding your teeth can also make your teeth more sensitive to pain.
If you grind your teeth at night, talk to your dentist about using an custom night mouth guard.
Seeing your dentist regularly can also prevent tooth sensitivity.
Schedule a professional tooth cleaning, fluoride treatment and checkup every six months.
If your sensitivity worsens, talk to your dentist about other treatments, like bondings that cover the exposed root surfaces, dentin sealers or fluoride varnishes.
About the Author
Dr. Michael Buglione is an experienced and award winning family, cosmetic and sedation dentist based in Vestal, NY.