Many adults and children experience tooth sensitivity for a variety of reasons. Your teeth may be sensitive to hot or cold, or to certain types of foods, such as sugary or crunchy foods. If you notice tooth sensitivity, the first thing you should do is go and see your dentist, so that they can identify any underlying issues. The following issues can cause tooth sensitivity.
- Loss of tooth enamel due to overly aggressive brushing
- Tooth erosion caused by acidic food and drink
- Root exposure due to gum recession
- Tooth decay
- Teeth grinding
Tooth sensitivity can really impede your enjoyment of certain foods and beverages. There are certain toothpastes you can use specifically for sensitive teeth, which can be helpful, as well as dental bonding procedures.
Depending on the nature of your tooth sensitivity, there are many treatments available. These include enamel strengthening fluoride varnish, applying bonding material to seal the tooth’s surface, and fluoride foam treatment. Because there are a variety of different causes and treatments for tooth sensitivity, it’s best to discuss with your dentist which one is right for you.
In the meantime, there are some at-home treatments you can perform to relieve tooth sensitivity, including:
- Using a toothpaste for sensitive teeth;
- Using a soft-bristled toothbrush and avoiding brushing aggressively;
- Using a high-fluoride toothpaste to strengthen the tooth;
- Avoiding food and drink that worsens the sensitivity. These include highly acidic food and drink, specifically sugar. Hard, chewy, sticky, or crunchy foods may also cause more sensitivity. Avoid these until you can get treatment, and afterwards consume in moderation.