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How to Avoid or Reduce Tooth Sensitivity

How to Avoid or Reduce Tooth Sensitivity

Do you feel a sharp pain in your teeth when you eat frozen yogurt? Do you wince whenever you floss or brush? If you are nodding to both of these questions, then you have tooth sensitivity. But, there is no reason why you have to still put up with this pain. There are various things that you can try to avoid in order to reduce the sensitivity and improve your overall oral health. Take a look at the following things you may be doing that increase your tooth sensitivity:

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Do you brush with force?

Tooth sensitivity often comes from using a toothbrush with hard bristles or brushing with force. You can expose the canals or microscopic hollow tubes leading to the dental nerves or easily wear down the teeth’s protective layers with force. The simple solution would be to switch to soft-bristled toothbrush and brush gently.

Are you a tooth-grinder?

Even though teeth are a strong substance, grinding your teeth will wear down your enamel. Dentin, the tooth’s middle layer, gets exposed by grinding teeth which contains hollow tubes leading to your nerves. Discuss getting a mouth guard with your dentist tin order to stop grinding your teeth. You can also get a custom-made guard that fits your bite well.

Do you eat acidic food?

Acidic foods like lemon, tomato sauce, kiwi, pickles and grapefruit can cause pain if your pathways to the nerves are exposed. Use common sense here and try to stick only to the foods that would not cause you any pain.

Are you a mouthwash junkie?

Several rinses and mouthwashes available over-the-counter contain harmful chemicals and alcohol that makes the teeth more sensitive. The sensitivity increases if your dentin is exposed. You must try the neutral fluoride rinses and be more careful about brushing and flossing.

Do you choose teeth-whitening toothpaste?

A number of manufacturers add teeth-whitening chemicals in their toothpaste formulas which is harmful to those who have sensitive teeth. You need to switch to regular toothpaste instead of using the whitening one.

Do you have gum disease?

An increasingly common problem with age, receding gums can actually cause tooth sensitivity. The dentist may ask you for a procedure that seals teeth along with the treatment of gum disease if you are diagnosed with gingivitis.

Do you have excessive plaque?

The basic purpose of brushing and flossing is to eradicate the plaque that forms right after you eat. Excessive plaque build-up may cause the enamel of the teeth to wear away. But again, the teeth may become a lot more sensitive because they lose the enamel protection. Would you like to find the solution for this? Just visit the dentist for a thorough checkup and cleaning session every six months and practice good dental care on daily basis.

Do you have a cracked tooth?

A cracked or chipped tooth can cause the kind of pain that may go beyond tooth sensitivity. Visit your dentist as soon as possible when you experience such pain. He will evaluate the tooth and then select the appropriate course of treatment for you, such as an extraction or a cap.

Remember, tooth sensitivity is treatable but only if you visit your dentist regularly. Do not consult with friends or family members when you feel sensitivity in your teeth. Instead, book an early appointment, and get professional help as soon as you can.

 

Tips for Dealing With Dental Emergencies

Dental emergencies can be very serious and should not be ignored. Ignorance of dental problems increases the chance of further damage resulting in more expensive and extensive treatment. Take a look at the following dental emergencies and see what you can do now before going to the dentist:

Toothaches

  • Rinse your mouth with warm water thoroughly.
  • If needed, use the dental floss and remove any food lodged in there.
  • If you feel that your mouth is a little swollen, apply cold compress to the outside of your cheek or mouth.
  • Never put any painkiller, especially aspirin, against your gums near aching tooth as it may burn your gum tissue.

Extruded Tooth (Partially Dislodged Tooth)

  • This is a serious condition and you need to get to your dentist’s clinic right away. In the meantime, apply a cold compress to outside of your cheek or mouth in the affected area.
  • If needed, take an effective pain-killer like Advil or Tylenol.dental pain

Lost Crown

  • Make a quick appointment with your dentist if your crown falls off. Do not forget to take your crown with you.
  • Use cotton swab for applying clove oil to sensitive area if you are unable to reach your dentist and your tooth is causing a lot of pain.
  • Slip that crown back over your tooth if possible. If you do so, make sure you are not using glue. Coat inner surface with the dental cement, denture adhesive or a toothpaste.

Broken Or Chipped Teeth

  • Save the pieces of the chipped teeth, if any.
  • Rinse the broken pieces and your mouth using warm water.
  • If there is bleeding, apply a gauze piece to the affected area until bleeding stops or for around 10 minutes.
  • For relieving the pain or keep the swelling down, apply cold compress to outside of your lip near the chipped/broken teeth, cheek or mouth.

Objects Caught Between The Teeth

  • Use the dental floss to carefully and very gently remove the object.
  • Do not, in any case, use any sharp object or a pin to poke at that stuck object. Such instruments can scratch the tooth surface or cut your gums.
  • See your dentist immediately if you fail to remove the object from your teeth.

Lost Filling

  • If you lose a filling, you can use a dental cement that is easily available over-the-counter until you’re able to see the dentist.

Broken Wires And Braces

  • If a wire sticks or breaks out of a band or bracket and pokes your gum, tongue or cheek, try using a pencil eraser end for pushing the wire to a comfortable position.
  • Cover this end with an orthodontic wax, piece of gauze or small cotton ball if you are unable to reposition the wire.
  • Never cut the wire otherwise you may end up breathing or swallowing it into the lungs.

Loose Bands And Brackets

  • Re-attach the loose braces temporarily with small piece of the orthodontic wax.
  • You can alternatively place wax over brace for providing a cushion.
  • If your band is loose, save it and immediately call your dentist to fix an appointment and have it replaced or re-cemented.
 

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