Tooth sensitivity often occurs when hot, cold, acidic, or sweet food and beverages create an unwanted sensitivity.
If you are like many people that have sensitive teeth, you have probably wondered how to reduce tooth sensitivity. At JVR Dental in Walnut Grove, Langley, we have helped many patients overcome challenges associated with tooth sensitivity.
What is Tooth Sensitivity?Before looking for ways to reduce tooth sensitivity, it is important to first understand it. Tooth sensitivity is often referred to as dentin hypersensitivity or root sensitivity among dentists. According to the Colgate website, tooth sensitivity occurs when the dentin (underlying surface) becomes exposed and the enamel and gums are unable to provide adequate protection to teeth and roots.
What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?In most cases, tooth sensitivity is caused when the dentin becomes exposed due to either gum recession or the thinning of the enamel that protects your teeth. This can sometimes be caused from brushing too hard or using a toothbrush that is considered too hard. Another factor that can impact tooth sensitivity is the consumption of highly acidic food and beverages.
Tips for Reducing Tooth SensitivityFor serious cases of tooth sensitivity, we would highly recommend booking a dental appointment with your local dentist. For ideas on how to reduce tooth sensitivity, try out the tips below:
- Use toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth— there are many different types of toothpaste available for sensitive teeth. Talk to your family dentist about what type and brand they recommend.
- Brush your teeth twice a day— brushing your teeth twice a day is one of the simplest tips for reducing tooth sensitivity. When brushing, it is important to brush with a fluoride toothpaste.
- Use a toothbrush with soft bristles— the hardness of your toothbrush bristles may be creating an unnecessary friction with your teeth and gums. Try switching to a toothbrush that has softer bristles or an electric toothbrush.
- Avoid using teeth whitening products— some teeth whitening products can cause tooth sensitivity. If you are experiencing tooth sensitivity while using teeth whitening products, try taking a break from them to see if the sensitivity goes away.
- Book an appointment with your dentist— although many cases of tooth sensitivity can be handled through the tips listed above, it is always a good idea to let your dentist know if you are dealing with tooth sensitivity.