Have you experienced a sudden onset of sharp tooth pain when eating ice cream or drinking hot chocolate? Tooth sensitivity is one of the most common dental issues. It is estimated that half of the population suffers from sensitive teeth. Some people may have a sensitivity that affects most or all of their teeth, while others may only experience sensitivity to one tooth. This is because hot and cold food and drinks are very acidic and sweet. In some cases, breathing in cold air can cause sensitive teeth too!
Ways to Manage Teeth Sensitivity:
- Gentle Brushing: Use a soft-bristled toothbrush when brushing your teeth. Brush at 45-degree angle to your gum line. Avoid using abrasive toothpaste that can agitate sensitive teeth.
- Avoid Clenching Your Teeth: Teeth grinding or clenching can wear down enamel over time. Consult with a medical practitioner or dental expert to resolve your teeth-grinding problem. A mouthguard is usually prescribed by your dentist to help with teeth grinding, especially at night.
- Use of Fluoride: Fluoride strengthens the enamel and reduces pain caused by tooth sensitivity.
- Avoid Acidic Food and Drinks: Acidic food and drinks can wear down enamel, causing sensitive teeth. Rather than eating acidic food – have milk, cheese, and fibre-rich vegetables and fruits.
- Treat the Underlying Cause: If your tooth sensitivity is caused by other factors such as periodontal disease or a damaged tooth/filing, addressing these problems can help manage sensitive teeth.
If you’re suffering from tooth sensitivity, consult with us today and let our team help you. Our dental office is located in Calgary, Alberta.