Dealing with Sensitive Teeth

No matter how it manifests or what the causes maybe, dental sensitivity can be very uncomfortable and can disrupt your day to day life. However, there are now a number of treatment options available for sensitive teeth:

OCDs – Over the counter dental treatments
If your sensitivity is mild, you could try some common OCDs for treatment including special desensitising toothpastes and mouthwashes. These tooth pastes contain fluoride and other chemicals that reduce senstivity. They require regular use and It may take upto 2weeks to feel any changes. For sensitivity to go completely it may take upto 2-3 months, so you have to be regular and patient.
You can apply some tooth paste on the particularly sensitive teeth before bed to specifically target those areas.

Correct brushing
Incorrect or over zealous brushing is one of the leading causes of sensitivity. It can cause your teeth to wear away faster and cause your gums to recede. If you are experiencing senstivity, use a soft bristles tooth brush and brush less aggressively . Talk to your dentist about the right way to brush to avoid damaging your gums.

Fillings
If the cause behind your sensitivity is a cavity or a broken or chipped tooth, a filling may be required to help with your senstivity. A filing may also help in cases of wear on the cervical portion of you tooth.

Medical Treatment
Medical conditions that cause frequent vomiting including GERD and bulimia
can also cause wearing of enamel overtime, leading to sensitivity . In this case its best to treat the underlying medical condition while addressing the sensitivity. You should get in touch with your physician regarding this.

Stop Grinding you Teeth
If you have the habit of grinding your teeth during the day or at night, it needs to be addressed while dealing with your senstivity. You will have to consciously train your self to avoid clenching or grinding your teeth during the day. Avoiding caffeine and stress before bed may help in reducing night time grinding. If this doesn’t help you could get a Night Guard to prevent night time grinding. Its a soft clear covering for your teeth that prevent the teeth that protects the teeth from grinding.

However, the first step to treatment is correctly identifying the reason behind your sensitivity. Its best to make an appointment with your dentist to get to the root cause of the problem before self medicating.

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