Tooth Sensitivity & How To Combat Them

The enamel that covers our teeth becomes thinner and exposes the dentin underneath. This lessens the protection that the enamel and gums offer to the tooth and root, creating sensitivity. This softer than enamel underlayer of dentin is shielded in healthy teeth by enamel. Gums provide protection for the tooth roots. However, the dentin becomes visible when the enamel is worn away or when the gum line has receded. The dentin may become visible due to cavities, broken teeth, gum recession, erosion of the enamel, and root erosion. There are numerous forms of treatment for dental sensitivity, however, research indicates that no single treatment method is effective for everyone. Before treating tooth sensitivity, your dentist must first determine the cause of the sensitivity. The following procedures must be put into your daily routine in order to prevent tooth sensitivity and try the suggested solutions to treat sensitive teeth.

1. Use a softer toothbrush instead of brushing too vigorously

Your tooth sensitivity may be caused by using a hard-bristled toothbrush or brushing too vigorously. You run the risk of grinding down your teeth’s protective layers and exposing dental nerves if you do this repeatedly. When these nerves are exposed, teeth may become sensitive and uncomfortable. The simplest solution in this situation is to use a toothbrush with softer bristles and brush more gently.

2. Avoid Acidic Foods

Acidic foods like tomato sauce, lemon, grapefruit, kiwi, and pickles can induce discomfort if the nerve routes to your body are exposed. For some people, staying away from these foods can help prevent any tooth pain. If hot, cold, sweet, or extremely acidic meals and drinks annoy you, you might have sensitive teeth. Or perhaps your teeth get sensitive when you breathe in the chilly air. Be cautious of drinks, sticky candies, and high-sugar carbohydrates as well. All of these treats damage our gums and enamel, lowering our level of protection. Instead, snack on cheese, milk, plain yogurt, fiber-rich fruits, and veggies.

3. Avoid Grinding Your Teeth.

The strongest substance in your body is dental enamel, yet grinding your teeth can wear down the enamel. You expose the central layer of the tooth, called the dentin, which is directly connected to your nerves and might be painful. Ask your dentist about the best toothbrush bristles for sensitive teeth.

4. Quit using mouthwash rinses and tooth whitening toothpaste.

Some people are more sensitive to the tooth-whitening chemicals that many manufacturers put into their toothpaste formulas than others. Consider switching to a toothpaste without whitening agents if yours contains them. Some over-the-counter mouthwashes and rinses contain alcohol and other chemicals that might irritate your teeth, especially if your dentin is exposed, as was the case with some whitening toothpaste. Try neutral fluoride rinses instead, or avoid it altogether and be more careful with your brushing and flossing.

5. Visit your dentist if you think you have gum disease.

Tooth sensitivity can be brought on by receding gums, which become more common with age (especially if you have neglected your dental hygiene and do not visit your dentist frequently). Your dentist will develop a plan to treat the underlying disease if gum disease or gingivitis is the issue, and may also recommend a procedure to seal your teeth.

6. Visit your dentist if you have a cracked or decaying tooth.

Beyond dental sensitivity, a chipped or broken tooth can hurt. Your dentist will need to examine your teeth and determine the best course of action, which may include a crown or if the root is damaged, an extraction. Fillings may become brittle, shatter, or leak around the edges as you age. In these tiny spaces, germs can easily gather, leading to acid accumulation and enamel erosion. If you experience this kind of tooth sensitivity, make sure to visit your dentist.


You may assist avoid any tooth health issues before they create discomfort or necessitate more involved or expensive treatment by visiting your dentist at least twice a year. Regular checkups enable your dentist to keep an eye on your oral health and suggest a dental care routine to address any issues. There is no better moment than the present to take charge and make sure that your teeth will remain strong, attractive, and healthy for many years to come.

 Please get in touch with us at Sky Dental if you want to talk about the oral health of your family. Any guidance we can provide you will be given with pleasure. Your smile is the foundation of our business.

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