Tooth sensitivity can go beyond just discomfort. Sensitive teeth can be so painful that they may begin to interfere with your everyday life. Teeth can become sensitive to sugary foods and candy, hot or cold temperatures, or even air passing over them. In most cases, tooth sensitivity occurs because of weakening of the enamel. Once the enamel wears down, the tooth’s sensitive nerve endings are exposed, causing pain.
Managing Sensitive Teeth
Fortunately, there are ways that you can reduce your tooth sensitivity so that you can eat and drink whatever you’d like without experiencing pain or discomfort. These are listed below:
- Switch toothpaste – The cheapest way to begin easing your tooth pain is by switching to a toothpaste made specifically for sensitive teeth. There are many different brands on the market, but make sure that any toothpaste you choose contains Potassium Nitrate as an active ingredient. This ingredient helps to block the sensitive nerve endings of the teeth.
- Avoid acid – Acidic foods can wreak havoc on your tooth enamel. Avoid soda, red wine, juice, pickles, pineapples or other highly acidic foods and drinks. If you do consume acidic foods, make sure to brush right after in order to wash away the acid before it can damage the enamel of your teeth.
- Brush gently – Brushing too hard can wear down the enamel. Make sure you’re using a soft-bristled toothbrush and brushing gently. The plaque will still be brushed away with a gentle touch and you’ll avoid damaging your tooth enamel any further.
- Consider dental sealants – Lastly, you may want to consider receiving dental sealants. Sealants are applied as a clear liquid resin to the teeth and then hardened, forming a protective barrier. Sealants are a very effective solution to tooth sensitivity, but they will wear off over time and will need to be reapplied.
If you’re suffering from tooth sensitivity and it’s begun to interfere with your daily life, please contact Durango Dentistry and we’ll fit you in as quickly as possible. We don’t want any of our patients to be in pain! To make an appointment, please call our Durango, Colorado family dental office today.