Tooth Desensitization Lets You Eat What You Want Without Tooth Sensitivity
There is nothing worse than being unable to enjoy the foods and drinks you love. Whether it is sipping on something hot or eating something cold, tooth sensitivity can impact your quality of life. Instead of avoiding the foods you really want to eat, you could benefit from tooth desensitization.
What Causes Sensitive Teeth?
As your gums start to pull back and expose the dentin (a surface under the gums), you may suffer from sensitivity. This very soft layer is what makes up your tooth’s root and has tubes that lead to your tooth’s nerve. When you eat something too sweet, cold or hot, these tubes send signals to your nerve causing you pain. There are multiple reasons why your gums can pull back to reveal the dentin, including:
- Wear and tear from brushing too hard, grinding teeth or using the wrong type of toothbrush.
- Tooth decay that occurs at the gum line.
- Gingivitis can inflame the gums and cause them to pull back.
- Some teeth whitening products can lead to temporary or permanent sensitivity.
- Chipped, broken or damaged teeth that may have bacteria present can inflame the pulp and lead to sensitivity.
- Teeth become more sensitive between the ages of 25 and 30.
- Too much plaque buildup on the surface of the root may lead to sensitivity.
- Eating acidic foods that wear down your tooth’s enamel can lead to sensitivity.
- Recent dental work – such as teeth cleaning, crowns, root planning and restoration. This is temporary and often goes away in 4 to 6 weeks.
How to Desensitize your Teeth
There are a few ways to perform tooth desensitization. It is best to speak with your dental professional if you suffer from frequent sensitivity to make sure there isn’t a more serious problem. Some other ways you can alleviate tooth sensitivity include:
- Making a habit of brushing and flossing regularly to clean your mouth, reduce bacteria and clean away any plaque buildup.
- Get your teeth cleaned at least once a year – or twice a year.
- Use toothpaste that is designed for sensitive teeth.
- Avoid foods that are acidic to protect your remaining tooth enamel.
- Use a mouth guard at night to prevent yourself from grinding teeth in your sleep.
- Using a fluoride-based mouthwash daily.
Home Remedies Not Working? Ask Your Dentist About a Tooth Desensitization Treatment
Sometimes you need the assistance of your dental professional to desensitize your teeth. Your dentist can apply a thin layer of a fluoride gel or another type of desensitizing agent to strengthen your enamel which will help reduce teeth sensitivity and stop the transmissions to your nerves causing pain.
These appointments only take a few minutes and have long-lasting effects. In some cases, your insurance may cover a portion of this tooth desensitization treatment, and if not, it is a relatively affordable procedure.
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