The cause of tooth sensitivity can be from a variety of different factors. From the type of toothpaste, you use to the possibility of gum disease.
Change Your Toothpaste
Did you know that the type of toothpaste you’re using might be the #1 cause of your sensitive teeth? Check the label. Does it say “whitening” on it? The ingredients you’re putting on your teeth’s enamel 2-3 times a day might be starting to cause hypersensitivity.
If you use a whitening toothpaste, try alternating or replacing it altogether, with one that’s specific to sensitivity. It can take up to two weeks before the minerals inside the toothpaste start to block off the tiny pores on your teeth. Once they do, you’ll start to feel an improvement.
Stop Brushing so Hard
Your gums are there to protect the surface of your tooth roots. When they recede it can cause significant sensitivity. You might even start to see notches worn into the enamel from brushing too hard.
Instead, apply only a slight amount of pressure and make small back-and-forth strokes. Avoid stiff bristled brushes or scrubbing back and forth with a heavy hand. Use soft or extra-soft toothbrushes or consider investing in an electric brush that does all the work for you.
Avoid Major Temperature Changes
Chewing on ice or, biting straight into a popsicle might be a habit you’ve had for years, but that doesn’t mean it’s ok to continue. The nerves in your teeth may have become more sensitive over time. Not to mention chewing on ice can actually damage your teeth.
If there is a specific tooth that hurts when you eat something hot or cold, it could be the start of something more serious, like an infected nerve.
Stop the DIY Whitening
If you’ve looked up “how to whiten your teeth” online or on sites like Pinterest, you have seen all types of homemade tips and tricks. Some of these methods can be dangerous for your teeth. Take rubbing lemon on your enamel as an example. Yes, the first day or two your teeth might look white, but the acid is actually etching your tooth structure. If you continue using it, you will be left with sensitive, darker teeth because of the thinning of enamel. Other abrasives will do the same.
See a Dentist
Dr. Raju Sarna at Hawthorne Village Dental Care in Milton, ON can screen your teeth and gums to find out what is causing the sensitivity. From there, he will determine a plan of action. It may be something as simple as providing you with a fluoride to use at home or applying a desensitizing treatment during your checkup.
Call Hawthorne Village Dental Care today to learn about other ways to fight sensitivity!