TEETH SENSITIVITY (PREVENTION & TACKLING THE PAIN)
Teeth sensitivity is a very common problem among young adults and adults. It is an amplified response to external sensory stimuli, which is generally not seen in healthy teeth. There are various factors that cause teeth sensitivity but if taken care of quite immediately it will prevent any further discomfort.
How will you identify teeth sensitivity?
If sometimes you feel mild or sharp pain in your teeth while eating or drinking hot or cold food, you probably have teeth sensitivity. If you feel if you have sensitive teeth you should visit DENTAL CENTRE DWARKA to find out why you have the pain and treat it.
What causes your teeth to be sensitive?
Sensitive teeth makes simple things like eating, drinking, brushing cause temporary mild to sharp pain. Several factors that may lead to sensitive teeth are:
- Calculus buildup: The presence of calculus (stony deposit) on the root surface is the most common reason for sensitive teeth.
- Wrong brushing technique: Brushing with too much force or using hard-bristled toothbrush might tear down tooth enamel, may tear gum tissues and eventually cause sensitivity.
- Acid reflux: GERD i.e. Gastroesophageal reflux disease is a digestive disease where there is regurgitation of stomach acid, thus causing erosion teeth, which results in sensitivity.
- Tooth grinding: This habit leads to destruction of the outer covering of the tooth which is – enamel. This exposes the dentin, which eventually leads to sensitivity.
- Broken tooth fillings: Weak or broken fillings leave gaps in the tooth where food gets stuck, attracting bacteria which attack the enamel, leading to sensitivity.
- Acidic food: Some food like fizzy drinks etc. causes sensitivity in already eroded tooth.
- Decayed tooth: Any decay on the tooth causes exposure of dentin and sometimes pulp as well. When food or drinks come in contact to these exposed tooth structure causes teeth sensitivity.
Can we treat teeth sensitivity?
Yes! We definitely can treat teeth sensitivity. The first thing to do is to visit your dentist as soon as you realise your teeth are sensitive. In dental centre dwarka, we are a team of experienced dentists who puts patient’s needs first and try to treat you with utmost comfort.
As we all know, prevention is better than cure, so it’s is better to prevent any thinning of the enamel that can be caused by the above mentioned reasons. Depending on the severity of sensitivity we can suggest some of the following treatment plans:
- Scaling and root planning: Calculus deposits can cause recession of the gums and thus cause sensitivity by exposing parts of the root. Scaling and root planning helps remove all the debris from the tooth surface and with few months of care and medication this can be reversed.
- Flouride application: Application of flouride on the sensitive area of the teeth reduces the pain, as well as strengthen the tooth enamel. This technique reduces the transmission of sensations and thus helps reduce the pain.
- Desensitizing toothpaste: This helps block the transmission of massages of pain from the nerves within the tooth to the brain. You can visit Dental centre dwarka, get your teeth checked and get to know which desensitizing toothpaste is best for you.
- Root canal treatment: If you have persistent and sharp pain, root canal treatment is the best treatment option to terminate the pain.
- Surgical gum graft: If the root recession is severe, gum grafting is necessary resume the original marginal gum position.
How can you prevent teeth sensitivity?
By following few simple steps we can prevent teeth sensitivity.
- Brushing with a desensitizing toothpaste, which will still clean your teeth and mouth while simultaneously providing relief for sensitivity. Also, following correct brushing technique is very important to prevent sensitivity. Here, in Dental centre dwarka we focus on educating our patients about all the correct oral hygiene techniques to prevent any damage to your teeth as well as oral tissues.
- Brush your teeth twice a day and flossing daily in order to prevent any problems like cavities and gum loss.
- Use a soft to medium bristled toothbrush.
- Change your toothbrush as soon as it becomes worn, which is usually around every two to three months.
- Talk to a dentist if you’re experiencing grinding your teeth so you can get a mouth guard made which you can wear at night.
- Avoid acidic drinks and food.
- Clean all the parts in your mouth, including the spaces along the gums like and the ones between your teeth.
Now let’s throw some light on home remedies to deal with teeth sensitivity:
- Salt water mouthwash: Salt water creates an alkaline environment by balancing the pH levels, which reduces the bacterial growth. Salt water mouthwash can be prepared easily by mixing two spoonful of table salt to a glass of luke warm water.
- Cloves and clove oil usage: Cloves work as an anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and analgesic. Thus, it can reduce inflammation, bacterial growth and pain. You can mix this with warm water and swish it around the mouth. Since clove has a numbing property, it relieves teeth sensitivity.
- Use garlic cloves: Allicin is an anti-bacterial and pain relieving compound which is present in garlic.
- So, this is a great natural remedy for sensitive teeth. A paste can be made by crushing a few garlic cloves and mix with salt and apply on the affected area.
- Avoid trigger factors: For a temporary relief, you can avoid acidic food or drinks that elevate your pain.
Although, these home remedies can give you a temporary relief from teeth sensitivity, this is not a permanent solution.
Feel free to contact us and visit Dental centre dwarka and get your gums and teeth checked. We provide a wide range of treatments with our experts. From patient education to painless procedure, we make sure to put patient’s need and comfort first.