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Have Teeth Sensitivity? Causes, Treatment, & Prevention

18 Nov, 2019

Do you feel pain in your teeth when you drink a hot or cold beverage? Are you scared of brushing your teeth due to sore gums and bleeding teeth? 

Unfortunately, you are down with teeth sensitivity. 

Dental health is important, and tooth sensitivity is a clear sign that your oral health is at risk. When you have sensitive teeth, simple activities such as eating, brushing, and drinking can cause sharp pain. Read below on what the causes of teeth sensitivity are and how you can treat/prevent them. 

The Science Behind Teeth Sensitivity

The teeth have an outer layer called Enamel. This is the layer that protects your teeth from any damage and tooth decay. The primary function of Enamel is to provide security to Dentin, found in the crown part of the teeth. 

If you feel a sharp pain in your teeth while eating or drinking, the chances are that Dentin has lost its outer Enamel shield. It results in nerve endings hot and cold sensation from beverages and other foods.

Causes Of Teeth Sensitivity

To learn how to cure your teeth of sensitivity, you must first know about the everyday habits affecting your dental health. The following are a few things that contribute to poor dental health.

  • Acidic foods- such as wine, soft drinks, fruit juices, and tomato sauce deteriorate the Enamel shield of the Dentin, making their way to the nerve endings present in the tooth.
  • Tooth grinding- an act that many people do as a force of habit. Some even do it in their sleep.
  • Hard Brushing- Brushing your teeth is good, but getting too enthusiastic about brushing is not. Some people damage the Enamel when they brush too vigorously.

How To Improve and Prevent Teeth Sensitivity?

There are a few things that you should include in your daily routine to strengthen your gums and help your teeth fight against sensitivity. 

Here are some tips to help you get started. 

1. Brushing Your Teeth the Right Way

You should brush your teeth at least twice a day with a toothpaste that contains fluoride. Fluoride is known to help the development of Enamel. 

Also, avoid toothpaste that contains peroxide as it contributes to tooth decay. The toothbrush you are using needs to have soft bristles, so they don’t damage any vulnerable nerve endings.

2. Flossing

Flossing is not considered as essential for your teeth. But it is! 

Through flossing, you can get rid of the small food particles that make their way into the cavities and cause discomfort in the gums.

3. Avoid Acidic Food

Acidic foods are a slow poison for your teeth as they slowly get destroy the Enamel cover. Avoid these foods or at least limit the intake. 

4. Bonding, Crowns, and Inlays

These are added to teeth that already have tooth decay to help reduce the pain. 

5. Root Canal

The last resort you can go for is the Root Canal- a surgical process to cure tooth sensitivity when all else fails. 

These are some of the many tips that you can follow to avoid tooth sensitivity. Adding even some of them to your everyday routine can allow you to enjoy your favorite beverages and flavors. Do you have any other tips? Share with our readers in the comments section.  

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