Tooth sensitivity can be identified as the discomfort felt in one or more teeth.
This uncomfortable situation is usually triggered by exposure to cold, hot, sour or even sweet drinks or foods. There are times wherein breathing cold air is enough to produce tooth pain. The pain that characterizes sensitive teeth can be sharp, sudden and can sometimes strike as deep as into the nerve endings of teeth.
“Sensitivity in teeth occurs when the layer beneath your teeth, the dentin is exposed” describes Dr. Soto. Usually this layer is exposed by receding gum tissue. The roots of your teeth are not covered with enamel; they contain myriads of very fine tubes. These tubes lead to the teeth’s center nerve, the pulp. The function of these channels is to carry the outer stimuli whether it is hot, cold or sweet to the nerve inside your tooth, thus leading to a sensation of pain.
Funny enough, there are many common practices which can make teeth even more sensitive. We will present them to you so you can have the opportunity identify them and make the proper changes if necessary.
Brushing Too Hard
Brushing your teeth twice a day is a basic practice to maintain healthy teeth, but not too much pressure must be exerted since it can lead to teeth sensitivity. When teeth are brushed too hard, or with a toothbrush with hard bristles, overtime the enamel wears off and dentin is exposed and causes gums to recede.
Addicted to Minty-Fresh Breath
Swishing your mouth with mouthwash after brushing them is a very good habit, some mouthwashes contain acids and these acids will only worsen tooth sensitivity. If there is exposed dentin, swishing your mouth with a mouthwash with acids will only further damage teeth. If you have any questions in regards to which mouth wash best suits you, please call us at Prisma Dental, we will be happy to assist you!
Go easy on the Citrus
Acidic foods might be delicious and refreshing, but too much of a good thing might have a negative impact on teeth. Tomatoes, citrus fruits, fruit juices and other acidic foods can erode the enamel of teeth, thus exposing the dentin beneath. The best tip to counteract the effect of acidic foods is to chew on a piece of cheese or have a glass of milk after eating. This way you can always enjoy your favorite foods and maintain your teeth healthy.
By: Prisma Dental
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