Sensitive Teeth – They’ve got some Nerve!
Although some of us find winter weather refreshingly cool, crisp, and invigorating, the chill in the air isn’t enjoyed by everyone. Many people who suffer from the discomfort of sensitive teeth are not happy when the temperature drops. Even more frustrating is the type of tooth sensitivity that can be triggered by just about anything and any time of the year.
The severity in discomfort that is usually associated with sensitive teeth can range from mild twinges to throbbing sensations to shooting pain. Oftentimes, patients ignore the pain thinking that it will go away or that it is a normal part of the aging process.
If you are one of the thousands of Canadians who suffer from tooth sensitivity, pay close attention to where and when the pain occurs and what some of the triggers may be. Are you waking up with sore teeth and jaws? Are you whitening your teeth too often or with homemade remedies? How often do you drink acidic beverages? Do you prefer to use hard bristled toothbrushes?
What can trigger tooth sensitivity?
– a cracked filling
– receding gums
– tooth infection
– gum infection
– tartar build-up
– wearing away of enamel
– poor oral hygiene
– cracked tooth
– uneven bite
– whitening teeth
– grinding or clenching
The Good News!
Discomfort that only lasts a few moments and can be soothed quickly is not generally a sign of a serious problem. You may have a small cavity or some wearing away of your tooth’s protective enamel or gum tissue. Persistent aching that is not easily relieved, however, can be a sign of a much larger problem.
Whether the pain you are experiencing is only mildly aggravating or it tends to linger and keep you from enjoying your favourite foods or outdoor pastimes, we are here to help.
The good news is that there are many simple solutions to help bring your some relief. Whether it’s just suggesting certain toothpaste, applying a varnish to exposed root surfaces, reviewing the proper brushing technique, or replacing an old filling, we can help identify the cause before it becomes more severe and determine the appropriate treatment.
In the meantime try some of these tips when you’re outside:
- To bypass cold air coming in contact with your teeth, try using your nose to breath as much as possible.
- Use a scarf over your mouth to shield your teeth from the chilly air.
- Enjoy a beverage outside that is warm enough to soothe your teeth, but not hot enough to aggravate any sensitive tissues of your teeth and gums.
- Brush with a desensitizing toothpaste before you go outside. If you have just a few areas that are sensitive, try rubbing the paste directly into those spots before going outside.
- Use a straw for any cold or hot liquids to, again, bypass your teeth.
- Over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen or acetaminophen may help minimize or temporarily alleviate your discomfort until you can see your dentist.
- Try to avoid acidic and sugary food and drinks in your diet. Not only do they trigger pain, but they can further damage your teeth and gums.
Most importantly, don’t wait until the pain worsens. It’s always good to check things out sooner rather than later. The solutions to most dental problems are less costly in terms of discomfort, treatment and fees when they are taken care of at the earliest signs of trouble.
Don’t suffer from pain needlessly. The solution may be simpler than you think!
Yours in Better Dental Health,
The Your Smile Dental Care Team