Caring for Your Sensitive Teeth

Caring for Your Sensitive Teeth

As millions of people around the world already know, sensitive teeth can make day to day life quite challenging. Sensitive teeth often comes with pain and discomfort that makes eating and drinking your favorite foods a negative experience. Although you may currently be suffering from sensitive teeth, you can take rest in the fact that they can be treated.

Normally, this condition of sensitive teeth presents itself after drinking cold liquid, eating cold or hot food, or breathing in cold air through your mouth. If the pain becomes intense, you should immediately consider calling Vancouver Dentist, Mount Vista Family Dental, since the nerve of your tooth could be exposed. Traditionally, sensitive teeth start when the gums begin to separate from your teeth. With the gums acting as a protective blanket, they protect and cover the roots of your teeth. When the gums pull away and recede, the roots have less protection, and therefore start to be exposed.

These exposed root tips contain tubules that lead directly to the nerve of the tooth. Whenever pressure, hot or cold temperature elements travel down these tubules, it will trigger these nerves and result in pain. Those people who don’t have sensitive teeth are those that have their gums covering these tubules, which prevent these type of things from happening.

The treatment idea here is to stop teeth sensitivity and keep your gums healthy. If you can reduce the pressure used when brushing your teeth, you may find that your gums remain healthy. When learning to brush their teeth, many people are instructed to use speed and force. While this can indeed get your teeth clean, it can also tear at your gums, which can eventually lead to sensitive teeth. If you have sensitive teeth now, you might consider trying to use an electric toothbrush, such as the Sonicare Advanced.

Although you have sensitive teeth now, there are many ways you can help to improve the health of your gums and your teeth. There are many toothpastes available out there on the market that contain potassium nitrate, which is known to help reduce pain and discomfort that is associated with tooth sensitivity. Since there are many toothpastes available to you, please consider asking Vancouver Dentist, Dr. Joshua Hiller, which toothpaste is best for your current situation.

Mouthwash can also help with your tooth sensitivity, providing that it contains fluoride. You can also ask Dr. Hiller which mouthwash he recommends, as there are several mouthwashes for you to choose from. Scope was a traditional brand to use, as it offers plenty of fluoride without any alcohol. Unlike Listerine, Scope won’t burn your mouth as much when you use it. It will leave you a clean feeling, and get your mouth completely clean, killing millions of bacteria.

If you start using Dr. Hiller recommended fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash, you will notice quite a bit of improvement in the health of your teeth and gums. This sensitivity will begin to go away, giving you almost immediate relief. When you brush your teeth, make sure you brush gently and avoid using much force as it may cause your gums to recede again.

In the event that using fluoride mouthwash and toothpaste doesn’t help, you should ask your Vancouver dentist, Dr. Joshua Hiller about other treatment options available to you. The caring and educated staff at Mount Vista Family Dental will know just what will help you, so please don’t hesitate to ask. We will know exactly how to eliminate your teeth sensitivity once and for all, and how to prevent that from coming back in the future. Teeth sensitivity is something that many people deal with, although there are ways to fight back and prevent this pain from making life harder than it has to be.