tooth-sensitivityWe have all felt the stinging pain of tooth sensitivity when we have put something too hot or too cold in our mouths. Most of us have experienced the sharp pain that happens when you eat something super sweet that seems to make your whole mouth hurt for a second. Tooth sensitivity is something that is a huge nuisance to our everyday living and can also be the sign of a more serious dental health issue if not treated. When you start feeling sensitivity in your teeth, there are three main things you must do.

First, Call the Dentist

Tooth sensitivity may seem like a minor issue, especially if it only happens occasionally and you avoid sugary food and beverage, or eating food that is too hot or too cold. Ignoring and avoiding the sensitivity in your teeth can lead to much more significant dental issues such as cavities, tooth decay, advanced gum recession and more.

Tooth sensitivity is caused when the dentin in the tooth is exposed because the enamel is no longer over the tooth. Enamel can be worn down naturally with age, but also can wear down due to cavities and tooth decay.

Professional whitening will also cause tooth sensitivity and your dental professional should explain all the risk associated with the whitening procedure and any side effects that you can expect. Regardless of the reason why you are having sensitivity, you need to call your dentist right away. If the sensitivity isn’t too bad, you may have to wait a few weeks to get in for a routine check-up.

Second, Switch to a Sensitive Tooth Paste

After making your appointment throw out your toothbrush and toothpaste and head to the drug store. Purchase a toothpaste that is specifically for sensitive teeth. There are many new types of sensitive tooth pastes with added benefits such as whitening, fresh breath guarantee, enamel protection, and tartar control and more. There are plenty of options available for you to pick a new toothpaste that is like the one you used before, but now, will help you manage your teeth sensitivity.

You will also need to switch to a softer toothbrush and be conscious of how hard you are brushing your teeth. Make sure that you aren’t brushing your teeth too often, twice daily is recommended, and that you aren’t being too aggressive with your toothbrush.

Third, Clean Out Your Cabinets

Unfortunately, tooth sensitivity is something that many people between the age of 20 and 50 experience. Some people can work with their dentists to come up with a treatment plan that involves capping teeth, filling cavities, having fluoride treatments, and other things to combat their teeth sensitivity, but for most people, long term treatment is going to involve not only changing their toothpaste, but changing their lifestyle.

Sugary foods and drinks will especially cause significant tooth pain when enamel is worn off or there is a cavity forming. You should start avoiding sugary food, which will be better for your overall health anyways. You will also need to start being more temperature aware when it comes to your food and drink.

Take these steps to avoid running for cover due to sensitivity. Remember, your dentist is your best friend in terms of oral health care.