If you are one of the many Huntersville residents who suffer from sensitive teeth, you know just how painful they can be. Foods that should be enjoyable, such as ice cream and hot pizza, leave you wondering if you should visit the dentist instead.
Thankfully, just because you have sensitive teeth now does not mean that you have to deal with the pain and annoyance forever. Here are five ways Michael L. Wing, DDS, PC at Birkdale Dental commonly advises his patients to deal with their tooth sensitivity.
1. Visit the Dentist
Tooth sensitivity can be the result of a number of causes, including excessive plaque, gum disease, whitening products or excessive brushing techniques. Visit your dentist, Dr. Wing at Birkdale Dental in Huntersville, to rule out any dental problems that may be causing your sensitivity. If you have a broken tooth, gingivitis or missing fillings, you will want to have them repaired or replaced right away.
2. Switch to a Soft-Bristled Toothbrush
Two common causes of tooth sensitivity are brushing too hard or brushing with a hard-bristled toothbrush. Both push the gums away from the tooth, exposing the tooth root and causing sensitivity. Try switching to a soft-bristled toothbrush and brushing less aggressively so your gums have time to heal.
3. Use Toothpaste Made for Sensitive Teeth
Did you know that there are toothpastes made especially for people who have sensitive teeth? Try one and you might just find your sensitivity fading away. While some people have to use these toothpastes on a long-term basis, others can use them for a while and then not need them anymore.
4. Switch to Dental Products with Fluoride
Dentists love fluoride because it helps build tooth enamel. If your worn away enamel is causing your tooth sensitivity, choosing toothpastes and mouthwashes that contain fluoride can help build up your enamel and reduce your sensitivity.
5. Avoid Acidic Foods and Drinks
Lastly, if there are certain foods that make your sensitivity worse, you may want to just avoid them. In addition to avoiding excessively hot or cold food or drinks, make it a habit to avoid acidic foods and drinks as well. These foods and beverages can wear away your enamel over time, leaving you at a greater risk for sensitivity.
If you've been suffering through your tooth sensitivity for a while now, today is the day to do something about it once and for all. Call Dr. Wing at Birkdale Dental in Huntersville for a professional exam by a qualified dentist and then try at-home treatments until you find something that works. Your pain may just be gone before you know it.