No one likes experiencing tooth sensitivity. It is uncomfortable and can interfere with your daily routine, from teeth cleaning to enjoying your favorite foods. But it is not something that you just have to live with. There are ways to treat and prevent tooth sensitivity, so you can go back to enjoying your day without any discomfort.
Before learning how to prevent it, it is important to understand what is likely causing your sensitivity. The discomfort can range from an ache to outright sharp pains and can include a variety of triggers. These include, but are not limited to:
- Tooth decay and/or cavities
- Worn enamel
- Gum disease or infection
- Exposed tooth root
- Acidic foods
- Cracked or chipped teeth
Treatment and Prevention
If you are experiencing tooth pain, go visit your dentist. Even if you think it is nothing serious, it does not hurt to get a professional opinion; the dentist may be able to determine the nature of the pain and if it is potentially part of a larger problem.
If caused by receding gums, you should brush gently and maintain your mouth, so your gums have a chance to recover. If it is too severe, however, your dentist may order a gum graft to help repair the damage.
Teeth grinding is another cause of sensitivity. The grinding inevitably wears down the enamel and eventually chips your teeth causing weaker teeth and exposing them to items that exacerbate the sensitivity. By reducing stress and caffeine (if you consume any), you can help mitigate grinding during the night. If the grinding is habitual, a mouthguard may be a good protection option.
Other ways to treat tooth sensitivity include:
- Saltwater rinsing twice a day
- Honey and warm water. Honey is a natural antibacterial and has been used as a wound treatment and anti-inflammatory for centuries. Mixing the two can help relieve pain
- Soft-bristled toothbrush. These are much gentler than hard bristles, which are abrasive and can aggravate sensitive gums and teeth. Combine this with gentle brushing
- Natural remedies. Nature can provide excellent anti-inflammatories and pain reducers like turmeric, vanilla, and green tea leaves. Do not be afraid to look into these remedies and use them to your advantage
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