Sensitive teeth happen for many reasons but these are the most common and ones you will probably most recognise. Enamel on the teeth can wear down, causing the teeth to become much thinner, or often gum recession that exposes the underlying surface, the dentin, therefore reducing the protection the enamel and gums provides to our tooth and its root. Everything we eat, drink, and put in our mouths will affect our teeth and gums to some extent.
SIGNS TO LOOKOUT FOR
How often have you grabbed yourself an ice cream from the freezer on a hot summer day, only to squirm when the cold hits your mouth? Many people are sensitive to the sensation of heat, cold, and acidic foods and drinks. In- fact we now eat more acidic foods and drink more acidic drinks than ever before in our evolving world. Part of your teeth above the gum line is protected by an amount of enamel, while at the same time the roots below your gum line are protected by something called ‘cementum’ underneath the cementum and enamel is what is known as dentin’ the dentin is less dense than the protection from the coverings. When enamel or cementum wears itself away, it exposes the dentin, causing these unpleasant symptoms. You need to pay attention though, to your sensitivity, and act upon it accordingly. We offer some free advice and three ways to help combat the symptoms.
It’s almost become a common denominator for hot and cold drinks to cause sensitivity, but if other less common symptoms are present, like pain, swelling, loose teeth, and pain while chewing; chances are you have extremely sensitive teeth caused by other undetected dental problems. We can help you to understand your dental health better, and how to keep sensitivity to a minimum. Dental health can be nasty if left untreated, and is one of the main reasons people attend their dentist.
THREE WAYS TO PREVENT TOOTH SENSITIVITY
- Daily Brushing
Daily brushing of your teeth is one of the main ways to stop the unpleasant symptoms of sensitivity. Often, people don’t leave themselves enough time to give their teeth a’ good brush’ meaning your teeth are exposed to the dangers of sensitivity right from the start. We recommend brushing teeth twice daily. Morning time is the best time to give your teeth a good clean, giving yourself at least two minutes of brushing with a good toothbrush and appropriate toothpaste. Ask us for, we can offer the best toothpaste on the market for your needs.
Flossing daily can help combat and eradicate nasty build up on the gum line and between the teeth of plaque. This often helps reduce sensitivity and symptoms will be reduced or go away. Again, flossing is something so simple, and so easy to do, we often overlook its effectiveness in combating tooth sensitivity.
Diet is important for good teeth health. It is recommended that you follow a simple whole food diet of plenty of fresh vegetables and low acidic fruits and sweets. Stay away from sweet treats, minimize them to only a few a month if you have a sweet tooth. Acid fruits are oranges, apples. Always look out for non-acidic foods to help prevent tooth decay and sensitivity.