We have all been there. The incredible discomfort of biting into a flavourful ice cream, only to wince in pain as your teeth react to the frozen food.
At Dentists R Us, we know that the reasons behind sensitive teeth can vary. From a cavity, to a fractured tooth, to worn-out tooth enamel, an exposed root, or an infection …all of which can be the cause of your toothsome troubles.
But more often than not – an exposed root surface is usually the culprit, and here’s why…
Your teeth are covered by a protective coating called dentin, which contains microscopic canals called tubules. When the dentin loses its protective covering, the tubules allow heat and cold or acidic or sticky foods to stimulate the nerves and cells inside the tooth. Creating the aforementioned tooth discomfort.
Acidic food can actually contribute to tooth erosion and tooth sensitivity also. The common culprits are coffee, soft drinks, citrus fruit juices and wine. So if you can, steer clear of these types of sensitivity causing beverages.
The good news. There’s relief.
You may have seen “pain relieving” toothpastes advertised on TV, and we are happy to report that these toothpastes do tend to work, so long as the issue is not severe.
This desensitizing toothpaste contains compounds that help block transmissions of sensation from the tooth surface, and you should feel a difference in under two weeks. Keep in mind; it isn’t a one-time quick fix. If you suffer from sensitive teeth, you should maintain the use of this type of toothpaste as part of your oral healthcare routine.
Also, perhaps ease up on your brushing, in terms of how vigorously you brush your teeth. Make sure to use a soft bristle brush, as this will prevent damaging your teeth or gums.
As part of your prevention, also ensure to remineralize your teeth with fluoride.