If “ouch!” is a regular sound coming out from your mouth anytime you try to taste an ice-cream or sip a hot cup of tea or coffee, you most probably have got sensitive teeth.
This is an extremely uncomfortable and frustrating condition which takes away so much from you in regards of being able to eat a piece of chocolate or slurp a delicious hot soup without feeling that sharp and throbbing sensation.
Sensitive teeth can hide many underlying conditions such as receding gums, or enamel abrasion (which can also happen because of whitening your teeth too often).
You can try to tame down the condition by undertaking the following practices:
Use a good desensitizing toothpaste — there are many such toothpaste brands available out there, which contain plenty of special ingredients that will help diminishing sensitivity.
Instead of just brushing your teeth as you regularly do with the desensitizing toothpaste, try to apply a thin coat of toothpaste onto the sensitive teeth every evening. Use your fingers or a q-tip to apply the toothpaste, make sure to spit the excess but do not rinse.
Buy fluoride rinses — you can find such mouthwashes enriched with fluoride at any pharmacy. The fluoride is known to help patients with sensitive teeth who also have got dental decay issues. Use the rinse at least twice a day, and combined with the usage of desensitizing toothpaste, your sensitivity should be considerably diminished within a few weeks.
Tooth sealants — indeed, these are not only used to stop decay growth in the case of children, but the tooth sealants can be quite effective for patients struggling with tooth sensitivity due to receding gums. The dentist will apply a thin film (the sealant) in order to cover up and protect the tooth roots, which are slightly exposed.
Root canal treatments — for patients who have tried everything possible, and nothing seems to work effectively, the dentist might suggest root canal treatments. If the dental pulp is treated, the sensitivity will be reduced.
Ask your dentist whether this treatment might be beneficial in your case, given that you have tried out all those desensitizing oral health products without any good results.
In case you have got sensitive teeth because of a condition known as “bruxism” (grinding of the teeth), you might ask your dentist for a custom made special night mouth guard that will protect your teeth from grinding during night time. Grinding your teeth will slowly affect the enamel of your teeth, and thus sensitivity might easily occur.