Tooth Sensitivity Remedies
Sensitive teeth are a common problem. If you notice a moment or two of sharp pain in your teeth when you drink cold liquids or when you chew, you might be dealing with sensitive teeth. Thankfully, there are several options for dealing with tooth sensitivity, both at home and in the dentist’s office. It’s wise, before pursuing any of these options, to consult with your dentist at your next Tulsa teeth cleaning.
In general, tooth sensitivity is caused by a wearing away of the enamel—the protective outer coating on our teeth. When the enamel becomes thin enough, sensations like temperature and pressure transmit through the tooth to the nerve in its base with greater ease. This can be incredibly uncomfortable or even downright painful.
If you are experiencing tooth sensitivity, then one of the first things that you’ll want to do is to cut acidic foods and beverages from your diet. Things like coffee and soda have high acidity and can eat away at the enamel of your teeth, leading to or exacerbating tooth sensitivity. If that doesn’t do the trick, then consider using one of the following remedies.
Soft-Bristled brushes: There are toothbrushes designed for sensitive teeth. These brushes have softer bristles to avoid damaging the enamel of your teeth; such toothbrushes can be especially helpful if you tend to apply heavy pressure when brushing. If you experience tooth sensitivity, it would be wise to switch to this kind of toothbrush while you pursue further remedies.
Surgical gum graft: This is for serious situations when your mouth has lost gum tissue around the root of a tooth. This tissue loss leads to exposure of the root and extreme sensitivity in that tooth as a result. This graft is a way to take healthy gum tissue from elsewhere in your mouth and attach it where the tooth root is exposed.
Mouth Guards: If you are prone to grinding your teeth and can’t seem to stop, then you might consider a mouthguard. These devices protect your teeth from the enamel erosion that grinding your teeth together can cause.
Desensitizing toothpaste: These products are able, with consistent use, to dull the affected tooth. They can be bought over the counter and are often a useful treatment in more mild cases of tooth sensitivity.
Fluoridated mouthwash: Daily use of fluoridated products can help strengthen the enamel of your teeth through the process of remineralization. When used daily, these mouthwashes can reduce the sensitivity of your teeth.
Root Canal: If all else fails, it might be time for a root canal. These are both the last line of defense against tooth sensitivity and the most successful treatment for this ailment. This technique involves going beneath the tooth to address the root of the problem, literally. While the process can be daunting, it is actually a straightforward procedure with a very high rate of success.
If you’re still unsure of how to treat your sensitive teeth or aren’t even sure if you’re suffering from tooth sensitivity, then come in for a Tulsa teeth cleaning at Tulsa Modern Dental and let the experts have a look. We’ll get those teeth as happy and sparkly as can be and have you smiling proudly and pain-free in no time. Don’t wait any longer; schedule an appointment today.