Tooth sensitivity impacts upon millions of Australians, and can be triggered by several different stimulus. Hot and cold foods, along with sugars and acidic foods, can all cause that familiar stinging or pounding discomfort. It can deter us from eating some of our favourite foods, or even from smiling during cold weather, for fear of a chilled breeze.
While it is widespread, there is good news – there are some steps that we can take to help to remediate this discomfort. As your periodontics and dentistry experts, National Periodontics has some starting points.
Specialised toothpastes, used regularly, can make a difference. Typically, they utilise potassium nitrate, which blogs the tiny, nerve-filled tubes in your dentin. This is the starting point, but is worth noting that these products require ongoing use – months, rather than weeks.
Avoid Acidic foods
Foods that are high in acids, such as pickles, pickled olives, oranges, or certain mixed alcoholic beverages, can be very hard on your teeth. Try to avoid them, or if you choose not to, make sure that you brush your teeth afterwards (but not immediately afterwards – this actually can make things worse).
If you grind your teeth, either during the day or while sleeping, it can easily wear away the tough enamel on your teeth. Learn to relax your jaw, and while sleeping, you might consider having a mouthguard fitted.
Treat your receding gums
Typically, your tooth root is covered up by the gums. But when your gums recede, it can become exposed. If they have receded due to hard brushing, you may also have inadvertently removed the enamel, worsening the issue. A specialised treatment from National Periodontics can reverse this trend, and could help you to conquer your sensitive teeth.