Experiencing Sensitive Teeth? Here’s What You Can Do

Most patients who experience severe pain often ask us how they can stop their sensitive teeth pain immediately. There are a variety of factors that may be contributing to your tooth sensitivity so let’s look at the reasons behind sensitive teeth and how it is best managed.

Primary Symptoms of Sensitive Teeth

Sensitive teeth symptoms are very obvious, and you will feel them immediately — it will only take a bite into an icy pole to endure the associated discomfort! Additionally,  if you feel pain in your jaws or teeth while chewing or biting down, this is another red flag. Some symptoms of sensitive teeth are mild, but they are still uncomfortable and potentially detrimental down the line if you don’t seek the expertise of your trusted dental provider. 

The Causes of Tooth Sensitivity

Teeth sensitivity is very common in adults and occurs for a wide range of reasons. Whilst curing it immediately would be a dream come true for most people, it will not address the permanent or underlying issue of why you are experiencing tooth sensitivity. Our teeth are primarily made up of dentin, which is surrounded by a protective layer of enamel. When that layer is compromised or affected, oversensitive dentin tends to occur.

A wide range of influencers contribute to tooth sensitivity, but some of the most common include tooth decay, older fillings, receding gums, worn tooth enamel and exposed tooth roots. 

Some other causes of tooth sensitivity include:

  • Brushing your teeth with a toothbrush made up of firm bristles can damage the gums and enamel of your teeth, leading to sensitive teeth.
  • Rinsing with mouthwash after brushing is part of a healthy and recommended oral healthcare practice, however, patients can unknowingly take this too far. When mouthwash is used beyond the recommended time, the acids within the mouthwash can become harmful and lead to tooth sensitivity.
  • Eating acidic foods can damage tooth enamel and weaken your gums which exposes the inner layer of your teeth. When this occurs, you also expose the nerve center, which is the heart of painful tooth sensitivity.
  • Over-the-counter teeth whitening treatment. Many people who use supermarket teeth whitening kits or strips often experience sensitive teeth afterward. Therefore it is recommended you undergo whitening in-clinic under the supervision of your dental provider or alternatively, use the take-home whitening products they endorse. 
  • Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, can cause major tooth sensitivity. Teeth grinding damage happens slowly and often when asleep, creating tiny cracks in the teeth over time. In severe cases, your dentist will likely recommend a night guard to prevent the possibility of extreme damage.

 

Stop Sensitive Teeth Pain Immediately

If you have sensitive teeth pain, you should book an appointment with one of our experienced and compassionate dentists at Coolangatta Dental Group. In the interim, you can try to combat your sensitive teeth issue by trying the following:

  • Use desensitising toothpaste: These contain materials that will fill in exposed areas of the dentin. They are available over-the-counter.
  • Rinse your mouth with saltwater: Dissolve 1 teaspoon of salt in ½ a cup of warm water, then swish for 15 to 30 seconds.
  • Make sure you have cleaned your entire mouth thoroughly: Double-check to ensure there are no food particles stuck between your teeth.

Bear in mind you should also be replacing your toothbrush regularly. Most dentists recommend you replace it every four months. Use a soft-bristled brush and brush gently, particularly around the gums.

How To Prevent Tooth Sensitivity

As with most things related to your oral health, preventing the problem in the first place is the ideal solution. Below are some steps you can take to keep your teeth from becoming sensitive:

  • Try not to brush your teeth with a heavy hand. This can damage the tooth enamel and delicate gum tissue.
  • Steer clear of acidic foods and beverages (such as soft drinks).
  • Stay away from acidic mouthwash and avoid using mouthwash for longer than the directions indicate.
  • Avoid chewing hard foods and refrain from biting down on hard sweets
  • Keep sugar consumption to a minimum. It can slowly soften the tooth enamel and leave the dentin below vulnerable to sensitivity.
  • Keep your gums healthy! This will avoid gum recession, which can expose sensitive tooth roots.
  • Use a mouth guard at night. If you are grinding your teeth at night, sleep with a mouth guard to protect your teeth from damage.
  • Visit your dentist regularly to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

Visit Coolangatta Dental Group

You don’t have to live with teeth sensitivity. So, be sure to ask your selected dentist at Coolangatta Dental Group for advice if you are experiencing this painful condition. Contact the team at any of our clinics today to make an appointment.