If you’re experiencing tooth sensitivity and haven’t had a dental treatment or experienced trauma to your mouth recently, this may be a signal of an underlying cause. Typically, tooth sensitivity is a symptom caused by exposed teeth. If your gums have begun receding or if your tooth’s enamel is being worn out, this will cause tooth sensitivity. But how can this be treated or avoided? At Delaware Periodontics, we believe in treating dental disorders and disease, as well as preventative care. That’s why Dr. Bradford Klassman has come up with some tips on how to reduce tooth sensitivity.
What to Do When You’re Experiencing Tooth Sensitivity
Tooth sensitivity can sometimes be treated at home simply by changing some personal habits. In extreme cases, you’ll have to visit your Wilmington, DE periodontist Dr. Klassman—but let’s see if we can find some ways to relieve your tooth sensitivity before you go see your doctor. Some of the things that you can do at home to reduce the pain are as follows:
- Practice good oral hygiene – This may seem like an obvious statement, but you’d be surprised how many people skip or ignore these practices. Be sure that you’re brushing your teeth twice a day with a toothbrush whose bristles aren’t too hard and stiff. Ideally, we’d suggest that you also purchase a toothpaste with added fluoride in order to strengthen your tooth’s enamel (the protective layer of your teeth).
- Avoid acidic foods and beverages – While there are some acids that are good for your teeth such as Folic Acid, most acids found in certain foods and beverages are likely to attack the enamel of your teeth, causing it to erode. Once the enamel is gone, your teeth become porous allowing air to flow in every time you take a breath which irritates the nerves inside your teeth (don’t forget that your teeth are actually living tissue!).
- Protect your teeth from grinding together – This task may be a little harder, especially if you’re suffering from Bruxism. If you find that you’re waking up with aching teeth and jaw pain in the morning, as well as tooth sensitivity, you’ll likely need to start wearing a mouthguard. A mouthguard will protect your teeth from grinding on themselves, which subsequently cause the wearing down your tooth’s enamel.
- Seek treatment for receding gums – There are a number of things that could be causing your receding gums. From poor dental hygiene, to grinding, to genetics, if you think you have receding gums, you may need to come into our offices for Pinhole Gum Rejuvination. To ease the state of your swollen gums at home, start brushing and flossing our teeth daily (non-aggressively and with a soft toothbrush) and avoid the use of tobacco products.
Contact Your Local Dover, DE Periodontist to Learn More!
If your teeth have been bothering you lately and you’re not sure why, it may be because of an underlying dental issue. Visit our website to schedule an appointment online with Dr. Klassman or call our periodontal practice at 302.658.7871 to schedule one. One of the members of our warm and friendly team will be happy to put you in the books for a consultation. Stop letting your teeth bother you and make the steps towards getting a healthier smile, today!