A beautiful smile speaks even before you do! It’s not only the beauty of your smile that holds the magic but also its health. A healthy smile is often taken as a clean oral cavity, with no Teeth Sensitivity but that’s not the complete definition.
Other than teeth hygiene, the health of your oral cavity is also compromised by several factors. One among these is teeth. Sensitive teeth mean the sudden discomfort or pain as soon as your teeth touch any hold or cold substances.
What is teeth sensitivity?
Teeth sensitivity is a common oral health issue and millions of people around the world suffer from this. The major cause behind tooth sensitivity is the sudden pain caused by the exposed nerve ending. These exposed nerve endings get stimulated whenever they get in touch with a hot or cold object. This leads to sudden and abrupt pain whenever you try to eat or drink.
But that’s not the sole cause of tooth sensitivity. My aunt who went for a dental treatment to cure periodontal disease ended up with sensitive teeth. For which she later went to Azeem Hospital and began her treatment.
What causes teeth sensitivity?
Other causes that can contribute to teeth sensitivity include;
- Vigorous brushing
- Consumption of acidic foods
- Cracking of teeth
- Teeth grinding
- Overuse of mouthwash
- Plaque buildup
- Gum recession
- Dental procedures
Initially, teeth sensitivity begins as a temporary pain but if it remains untreated it can go a long way. The condition can become worse to the extent that it can compromise your ability to eat and drink pain-free.
How to treat teeth sensitivity?
Although teeth sensitivity is quite uncomfortable, in most cases it is treatable. Yes, you heard me right; many ways can make teeth sensitivity a manageable condition to live by. Here are some of the ways that can help you to deal with teeth sensitivity.
1. Right oral hygiene
Most of the time we hear dentists focusing on good oral hygiene, but the right oral hygiene is perhaps more important than good oral hygiene. Here are the tips and trick for the right hygiene;
- Choose gentle brushing and don’t be too harsh on your teeth.
- Your toothbrush choice matters: use a toothbrush that has soft bristles so that it doesn’t cause damage to your enamel.
- Don’t overuse mouthwash and avoid ones that contain harsh chemicals such as alcohol etc.
- Another way to get rid of tooth sensitivity is to avoid teeth-whitening toothpaste.
2. Oil pulling
Oil pulling is an effective way to treat sensitive teeth. This can help if your teeth are due to bacterial growth. Take some coconut oil and swish it in your mouth. This practice can deter bacterial growth as well as removing plaque. Do this often to deal with bacteria-induced teeth sensitivity,
3. Wisely make your food choices
Consumption of acidic foods and drinks can be damaging your teeth unknowingly. These things can be a driving factor for sensitive teeth or can make existing teeth sensitivity worse. Ensure that you are not consuming too much of these and even if this, ensure the minimal contact of these things with your teeth.
4. Avoid teeth grinding
Teeth grinding is another potential cause of sensitivity. Many people do this out of habit and end up damaging their teeth. Thus, it is important to get rid of teeth grinding and a mouthguard can be a good option, as said by a dentist from Teeth and Braces Clinic during a webinar on bad habits that affect your oral health. Other than that you can get help from yoga or other techniques that help to manage stress.
5. Visit your dentist regularly
Last but not the least, visiting your dentist from time to time can be of great help in making your sensitivity manageable. Dentists can keenly monitor your condition and can also help you with taking the right treatment.
Teeth sensitivity is a common oral health problem that can affect your daily life activities to a greater extent if remain untreated. Thus, it is advisable to get your sensitive teeth treated immediately as soon as you get to know about the problem.
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