How to Get Rid of Tooth Sensitivity
Whether it is one tooth or a whole section of your mouth tooth sensitivity can make eating, drinking, and even breathing excruciating. There is good news though, by making a few changes in your diet, and dental hygiene routine you can get rid of tooth sensitivity for good.
Eating a diet high in acidic food actually wears away at the enamel of your tooth leaving your tooth unprotected and extremely sensitive because you are exposing tiny tunnels called tubules that lead to nerve endings. Trust me, your do not want these nerve endings exposed. If you cut back on acidic food such as tomatoes, citrus, sodas, and tea you will stop the process that is likely causing your pain.
Build up a layer of protection. Now that you have cut back on the foods that cause sensitivity by exposing the tubules the next step is to rebuild some protection for your teeth. There are several toothpastes available with strontium chloride, which actually plugs up the little tubules in your teeth. By using specialty toothpastes designed for sensitive teeth and a fluoride mouthwash you can rebuild your worn enamel and have some protection against hot and cold. Make sure that your mouthwash is fluoride though as others may eat away at your enamel making your efforts rather moot.
Don’t grind your teeth or brush to vigorously as physical damage to your tooth can cause sensitivity as well. Use a soft bristled brush if you cannot resist brushing to hard, wear a mouth guard if you can’t stop grinding.
If all else fails, a visit to your dentist may be in order. There is a treatment called iontophoresis that uses electricity to apply protective fluoride deep into your tooth. There are also prescription grade fluoride treatments available if the over the counter mouthwashes don’t do the trick.
Simply cutting back on acidic foods, not physically damaging your teeth by vigorous brushing or grinding and using toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth should get rid of your tooth sensitivity rather quickly. When it comes to tooth pain relief can’t come soon enough, so be sure to stick to the fluoride mouthwash and good dental habits even after the sensitivity is gone so you don’t have to deal with the pain again!