When our bodies are sick or injured, it may feel like your physical self isn’t fighting on the same side as you. Toothaches and sensitivity are the same. Your teeth aren’t against you. No, really, they’re not. They’re just trying to tell you something.
Enamel makes up the outer, protective layer of your tooth. However, when it’s worn away by erosion or decay, the inner nerve of your tooth may feel a little more of the outside world than it usually does.
If you experience sensitivity to the following, it may mean your enamel is wearing away:
- Sugary foods
- Cold foods & beverages
- Hot foods & beverages
- Acidic foods & beverages
Preventing Tooth Sensitivity
So what’s the best way to stop the sensitivity? Other than eating all of your meals at room temperature (and who wants to do that!?), there are a few things you can do that may drastically change how your teeth feel.
First, make a dental appointment. I know that’s exactly the type of thing you’d expect us to say, but if your sensitivity is caused by decay you’ll want to know sooner rather than later.
If you’re cavity-free, it’s time for a new toothbrush and toothpaste. Buy a brush that has softer bristles, and remember that brushing your teeth thoroughly means brushing them long enough, not brushing them harder. Set a timer for two minutes. Use special toothpaste that’s designed to ease sensitivity. The biggest mistake here is that people tend to stop using the toothpaste for sensitivity, but you’ll have to keep it up!
Ask about dental veneers or composite work to help protect your teeth from sensitivity. Veneers are thin casings that can be bonded onto your teeth. Composite tooth bonding can cover sensitive areas, and is also used for fillings. Your dentist may recommend either of these options to help with tooth sensitivity.
Say goodbye to pickles and other vinegary products. If you can’t quite say your farewells, then at least cut back and be sure to wash vinegar and sugar-filled foods down with lots of water to prevent the harmful substances from clinging to your teeth.
Suffering from tooth sensitivity? Call us!