What to do for Sensitive Teeth

toothacheTooth sensitivity is a common issue among adults, with some reports showing as many as one in eight adults suffering from sensitive teeth! Most of the time, these teeth are sensitive due to the protective outer layers (enamel and cementum) being worn away and exposing the tooth’s dentin or roots.

Common issues such as cavities, receding gums, and grinding teeth can also lead to root exposure. Once your roots are exposed, you can experience discomfort whenever your teeth are exposed to hot or cold food or drink, or even when just breathing through the mouth.

If you suffer from sensitive teeth, the good news is that there are some steps you can take to try to relieve the pain. Follow the advice listed below to save yourself from the pain of sensitive teeth.

  1. Routine dental care – Regular trips to the dentist can help ensure you’re on the right track with your oral care. X-rays and cleanings can identify and treat small issues before they become large problems.
  2. Cover exposed roots – We’re not talking about trees! Our office has a few different ways we can help if you suffer from exposed roots due to a receding gum line.
  3. Rethink your brushing habits – Previously we’ve discussed why it is important to stop brushing so hard along with tips to avoid overbrushing. Remember, a soft-bristled toothbrush is a must! It may also be worthwhile to consider toothpastes that are specially made for sensitive teeth.
  4. Avoid acidic foods or beverages – Sports drinks, fruit juices, oranges and other acidic food and drinks are extra hard on your teeth’s enamel, and can contribute to the development of gum disease and tooth decay.
  5. Get an overnight mouth guard – Mouth guards are useful for more than just sports. If you grind your teeth at night and suffer from sensitive teeth, it might be worthwhile to get a protective mouth guard to wear at night.

Sensitive teeth can be a pain (literally!), but they don’t have to be. Follow these tips to fight back against the discomfort they create. Remember, sensitivity in the mouth is a sign something is wrong, so if you’re having sensitivity, be sure to schedule an appointment with our team at Susquehanna Dental Arts. Give us a call at 717-684-3943 and we’ll be happy to help!