Sensitive Teeth

How to Treat Your Teeth for Less Pain

When you have sensitive teeth, it is important to watch everything you put into your mouth. You certainly do not want to trigger more pain, but you would also like to eat more of those foods you really like. Unfortunately, you will have to be choosy about your foods and drinks until you are able to get the sensitive teeth pain relief you need.

The Causes of Thin Enamel

Getting to the place where you have thin enamel on your tooth is not something that takes place overnight. It is an ongoing process. The enamel on your teeth is a rather thin layer of hard protective material. Once it is gone, it is gone forever because it will not regrow.

Tooth enamel covers an underlying layer called dentin. Dentin is softer than the enamel and it contains thousands of tiny tubes that lead to the pulp and to the nerves in your teeth. You’re your tooth enamel develops holes in it, your teeth become sensitive to hot or cold, or sweet substances.

Some Things to Do When You Have Sensitive Teeth

  • Do brush your teeth at least twice a day. Brushing twice a day – or more – will help to keep the harmful bacteria and acid from your teeth. It will also remove substances that can produce pain.

  • Do drink more water. Water, instead of soda, teas, or coffee, can also help to protect your teeth. It reduces the amount of acid you consume in those drinks, helping to preserve the enamel you still have on your teeth.

  • Do use desensitizing toothpaste. This special toothpaste can help block sensitive teeth pain enabling your teeth to become less sensitive and less painful.

  • Do eat healthy foods. Certain vitamins and minerals will strengthen the enamel in your teeth. It is important to keep a constant supply in your diet because the acid in your mouth tends to deplete them of these important minerals. Your teeth need calcium, phosphorus, and vitamins A, B, B2, B12, and C.

  • Do chew gum with xylitol. If you have a problem with dry mouth, you want to remedy that problem quickly. Saliva helps protect your teeth from the bacteria and acid that they produce. When you have sufficient amounts, it washes them away. Without it, the acid erodes your tooth enamel and will cause sensitive teeth and cavities.

  • Do see a dentist to treat gum disease. If your gums have been receding, it is most likely due to gum disease. As they recede, they can expose the roots of your teeth, which are not protected with as much enamel. Once exposed, the roots can easily develop cavities which will make them sensitive.

Some Things You Don't Want to Do with Sensitive Teeth

  • Don't consume very many sweet foods and drinks. Some of the bacteria in your mouth that causes cavities will produce acid every time it comes in contact with sugar. The more sugar you eat or drink, the more acid you will have on your teeth. The acid erodes your tooth enamel, making them sensitive.

  • Don't consume many acidic foods and drinks. The acid in these foods only helps erode the enamel on your teeth faster when it is combined with sugar. Many fruit drinks contain a lot of acid, and so does soda.

  • Don't consume alcoholic beverages. They contain a considerable amount of acid and sugar.

  • Don't consume ice cream. The cold temperatures can lead to cracked teeth, but the cold and the sugar will only tend to aggravate a tooth sensitive to cold.

  • Don't grind or clench your teeth. The constant grinding or clenching of your teeth will wear away the enamel, and may also crack a tooth or two, all of which can be among the sensitive teeth causes. To reduce this problem, reduce stress and see your dentist for a special mouthguard to protect your teeth.

  • Don't brush your teeth right after a meal. Your enamel is softened some after you eat or drink acidic food. Brushing right away will remove more enamel. You should wait about 20 minutes before brushing.

  • Don’t brush too hard or with a hard-bristled toothbrush. A hard toothbrush will wear away both enamel and your gums if you tend to brush hard. Avoid this problem by getting a soft-bristled toothbrush.  

  • Don't bleach your teeth very often, or for prolonged periods. The bleaching process can cause your teeth to become sensitive. It will usually be short-lived and then return back to normal before long. All whitening products may result in sensitive teeth or may aggravate the problem.

Prevent Sensitive Teeth

If you do not have sensitive teeth now, you can take some steps to help prevent it. They include:
  • Brushing your teeth twice a day. This will help minimize the possibility of cavities by removing the harmful bacteria and acid from your teeth.

  • Floss every day. This enables food particles, bacteria, and acid to be removed from between your teeth.

  • Use fluoride-based toothpaste. Fluoride helps protect your teeth and build strong enamel.

  • Make regular dental visits every six months. Frequent visits enable a dentist to spot problems early, and treat them before fixing them becomes expensive.

If you are tired of sensitive teeth and want a sensitive teeth cure, you can get help for your tooth pain from Dr. Kumar T. Vadivel, DDS, FDS RCS, MS, a Board Certified Periodontist. He can provide treatment for your super sensitive teeth that will let you enjoy food again. His offices are located in the Carrollton, TX and Grapevine, TX areas. For a consultation or dental treatment for better dental health, you can contact his office today at (817) 756-8578.