If you have sensitive teeth, you know how uncomfortable enjoying your favorite foods and drinks can be. A gentle dental care routine can help alleviate your sensitivity and enjoy your smile without pain.
Causes of Sensitive Teeth
Several factors cause tooth sensitivity. Sensitivity starts once the dentin layer of your tooth is exposed. This may happen due to poor oral care over the years or trauma to the tooth. For example, acidic beverages like soda can wear down enamel and expose dentin. Dentin is also exposed due to normal aging or wear and tear.
Other common causes of sensitive teeth include:
- Chipped, cracked, or broken teeth
- Gum recession
- Teeth grinding
Finally, sometimes cosmetic procedures like tooth whitening can cause sensitivity. It’s important to discuss any potential cosmetic procedures with your dentist so you can understand the short-term and long-term effects of your procedure.
Gentle Dental Care Tips
There are ways you can combat tooth sensitivity and feel more comfortable. Below are just a few tips from our team of experts.
Find the right toothbrush.
Brushing your teeth with a hard-bristled toothbrush can cause damage to your teeth and gums. The rough texture of the brush can scratch away at your enamel and expose the dentin. Instead, opt for a soft-bristled toothbrush and brush gently to avoid irritation.
Toothpaste made for sensitive teeth is also beneficial for some patients because it adds a protective layer to the dentin, thereby limiting sensitivity. Fluoride mouthwash is another option. Flouride is known for not only strengthening tooth enamel but restoring it as well.
Finally, visit your dentist regularly so they can spot any early signs of enamel loss. And remember to brush and floss your teeth regularly. Consistent gentle dental care is key to long-lasting results.
Watch what you eat.
Watching what you consume is an incredibly helpful strategy when it comes to limiting tooth sensitivity. Acidic foods and drinks such as coffee, fruit, pickles, and sodas cause tooth erosion. This is when cavities or tooth sensitivity begins to form. Avoiding foods or drinks that are too hot or cold is another key to limiting sensitivity.
Have your gums examined.
Gum disease is a major cause of tooth sensitivity. Gum disease causes the gum tissue to break down and recede from the tooth’s surface. Because of this, your teeth are completely exposed, more susceptible to erosion, and more likely to become damaged or decayed. Gum diseases like gingivitis and periodontitis can be harmful to not just your teeth but your overall health. Periodontitis has been linked to heart disease and high blood pressure.
Gentle Dental Care with DICE
If you’re battling tooth sensitivity, especially sensitivity caused by gum disease, we understand how this sensitivity can rapidly turn into severe pain that impacts your daily life. We encourage you to call our office so we can explore ways to help. From extraction services to dental implants that replace missing teeth, we can help you get out of pain and start smiling again. We’re proud to offer some of the most affordable and gentle dental care in the Philadelphia area and Lehigh Valley. Schedule a free consultation with us in Springfield or Bethlehem, PA.