Are you someone who can’t drink a hot beverage or bite into an ice cream without flinching? You may be experiencing serious discomfort due to teeth sensitivity. But the good news is there are a few things you can do to get relief and solve the problem.
Watch Your Brushing Routine
Teeth sensitivity occurs whenever the hard enamel that shields the teeth’s inner nerves is worn down. One way this enamel damage can occur is by not brushing long enough, brushing too aggressively, or using the wrong tools. Make sure you’re gently brushing for two minutes morning and night using a soft-bristled toothbrush instead of one with medium or firm bristles. We also suggest switching to a anti-sensitivity toothpaste to get some relief.
Invest in a Custom-Fitted Nightguard
Another way that enamel gets worn down is bruxism. People with this condition unconsciously grind and clench their teeth (oftentimes when they sleep). If you think you may have bruxism, consult with Northside Dental to get a custom nightguard made. Wearing one while you sleep will help protect your teeth from permanent damage.
Check Your Gum Health
Receding gums and gum disease are also common contributors to tooth sensitivity. This is because the sensitive roots of your teeth become more exposed. Gum disease treatment varies based on severity and could involve improved oral hygiene, antibiotics, and/or laser therapy.
Reduce Tooth Sensitivity at Northside Dental!
If you’d like some additional help managing your tooth sensitivity, we can help at Northside Dental in Raleigh, NC. Our dental team would be happy to discuss your concerns and present you with our professional recommendations. Contact us today to schedule a consultation! As providers of comprehensive dentistry, we’re also here for any other dental needs you might have.