Do you know why your teeth respond to sweet, hot or cold beverages or foods? Your dentist will have to do a thorough oral examination to determine exactly what’s causing your pain since there are many reasons why teeth become sensitive. Unfortunately every reason for sensitive teeth can either damage or destroy the tooth pulp which will lead to having serious dental procedures performed to ease the pain and repair your teeth.
Tooth Sensitivity to Pressure
If your teeth have been traumatized they can become sensitive to even minor pressure – like accidentally biting down on a seed. Many times your teeth will become sensitive after you’ve had dental procedures or a dental cleaning.
Seldom pressure tooth sensitivity can take a long time to heal.
Sometimes individuals can unknowingly cause tooth sensitivity by habitually grinding their teeth or clenching their jaws shut. This type of pressure sensitivity isn’t something to be concerned about if it only takes places once in a while and stops hurting after a short while.
Your teeth just need a bit of recovery time to heal from the trauma that’s been inflicted. If your teeth remain sensitive to pressure for a long time you should go to your dentist for a checkup to make sure that there isn’t a cracked, broken or decayed tooth.
Tooth Sensitivity to Temperature
When your teeth are sensitive to temperatures (hot or cold) this usually means that your teeth have somehow been damaged. Sometimes it means that one or more of your have been moved a little out of their usual positions, changing your bite patterns. These changes in position may be caused by actions such as biting or sucking on objects like pencils or hard candy, or they could happen when the structure of your jaw bone or teeth changes.
Typically the most common reason for tooth sensitivity to temperature and sweets is when your dentin has become exposed. Your teeth’s dentin can become exposed for numerous reasons including dental decay, receding gum lines and abrasion.
How to Stop the Pain of Tooth Sensitivity
Use a Soft Toothbrush
Frequently, people can actually cause sensitive teeth by brushing too hard or using a hard bristled toothbrush, which can damage the protective enamel. When your gum lines the unprotected dentin becomes weaker and more vulnerable to damage caused by hard toothbrushes. By using a soft toothbrush and applying slight pressure when brushing your teeth, you’ll allow the bristles of the toothbrush to move more freely and clean better than when you’re pressing too hard.
Daily Teeth Brushings
Common sense I know but sometimes we can forget when we’re busy in life. Dental plaque produces an acid that will bother your teeth, especially if you already have sensitive teeth. Preventative measures such as brushing your teeth twice daily, specifically after meals and snacks, and before going to sleep, and daily flossing will help to prevent plaque.
Use a Desensitizing Toothpaste
Disappointingly, if your teeth sensitivity has been caused by worn enamel or receding gum-lines or can’t be fixed with fillings. Try an alternative such as using a special desensitizing tooth paste such as Sensodyne. They include an ingredient that will stop the dental pain at the roots and reduce your sensitivity by filling in the tiny holes in your tooth’s dentin.