How to Cope with Tooth Sensitivity
Tooth sensitivity can be a painful and annoying problem that can make it difficult to enjoy your favorite foods and drinks. If you’re suffering from tooth sensitivity, there are several steps you can take to manage the problem and find relief.
The first thing you should do if you’re experiencing tooth sensitivity is to visit your dentist. Your dentist can help determine the cause of your sensitivity and recommend the best treatment options. There are several potential causes of tooth sensitivity, including tooth decay, gum disease, enamel erosion, and tooth grinding (bruxism). Your dentist will be able to diagnose the cause of your sensitivity and recommend the appropriate treatment.
One of the most effective ways to manage tooth sensitivity is to use toothpaste specifically designed for sensitive teeth. These toothpastes contain ingredients that help to block the pores in your teeth, preventing hot and cold temperatures from reaching the nerves inside. Look for toothpaste that contains potassium nitrate or strontium chloride, as these ingredients have been shown to be effective in reducing tooth sensitivity.
Another effective strategy for managing tooth sensitivity is to use a fluoride mouthwash. Fluoride can help to strengthen your tooth enamel, making it more resistant to hot and cold temperatures. It can also help to repair any existing damage to your enamel. Just be sure to use a mouthwash that is specifically formulated for sensitive teeth, as regular mouthwashes can sometimes make the problem worse.
If your tooth sensitivity is caused by tooth grinding (bruxism), your dentist may recommend that you use a mouthguard while you sleep. A mouthguard can help to protect your teeth from the grinding and clenching that can cause sensitivity. You may also want to consider stress-reduction techniques, such as meditation or exercise, as these can help to reduce the frequency of tooth grinding.
In addition to these specific strategies, there are also a few general steps you can take to manage tooth sensitivity:
- Avoid extremely hot or cold foods and drinks.
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush.
- Avoid brushing, as this can wear down your enamel and make your teeth more sensitive.
- Avoid acidic foods and drinks, as they can erode your enamel.
If you’re struggling with tooth sensitivity, it’s important to remember that you’re not alone. Millions of people experience this problem, and there are several effective treatment options available. By working with Dr. Pollock and team and taking steps to manage your sensitivity, you can find relief and enjoy your favorite foods and drinks once again.