Posted July 11, 2014
Have you ever eaten ice cream or hot soup and felt a sharp pain in your teeth? This may be a sign of sensitive teeth. There are many reasons why your teeth may react to extreme temperatures or pressure, such as biting down on something hard. Thankfully, there are several solutions to help you deal with this problem.
Teeth may become sensitive due to:
- Dental decay or gum disease
- Receding gums
- Jaw grinding
- Damage or trauma resulting from an accident
- Bite changes that lead to misalignment
Tooth sensitivity may disappear after a few days or weeks, but it’s important to see your dentist to determine the cause and treatment options. Depending on the source of the problem, a dentist may recommend several home remedies to help you cope:
- Desensitizing toothpaste – Available at most stores, this special toothpaste is designed to reduce tooth sensitivity by filling in channels in dentin that can develop due to acids in foods and beverages, or the use of abrasive toothpaste
- Dental rinse with fluoride – This daily mouth rinse helps decrease sensitivity, especially for those prone to dental decay
- Daily toothbrushing and flossing – Keep your teeth clean and reduce plaque by brushing your teeth after breakfast and at bedtime, and flossing once daily
- Moderate consumption of acidic beverages and foods – Since acid tends to etch tooth enamel, avoid regular consumption of these products: wine, sweets, coffee, energy drinks, citrus fruits, sodas or sports drinks
Learn more about what causes sensitive teeth.