How to deal with tooth sensitivity
Summer is drawing closer. Many of us associate the summer heat with consuming ice cream, milk shakes, and cold drinks – the ideal way to cool down and refresh yourself in the smouldering heat. However, some of us can’t fully enjoy those means because of tooth sensitivity. There are ways to go around that, however!
Tooth sensitivity is characterised by a sharp pain that occurs when the tooth comes in contact with:
- Hot drinks
- Cold meals
- Sour substances
Pharmacies often carry pastes and mouthwash that can help alleviate the symptoms for some time, but they won’t bring lasting relief or make your teeth resistant to pain in the future. It’s recommended that you reach the source of the pain. Sensitivity is often caused by the dental pulp or tooth necks being exposed. The most effective way of bringing your tooth sensitivity levels to normal is sandblasting – it can help close the dentinal tubules, as well as rebuild and strengthen plaque, protecting the dental pulp from external factors.
Good habits are key
It’s also important to take a look at our habits, as many of our behaviours can influence tooth sensitivity. Grinding our teeth or brushing them too fiercely can lead to plaque weakening which, consequently, exposes the tooth’s more sensitive areas. It’s also important to keep a healthy diet. Not eating properly can lead to reflux, which causes stomach acid to reach the mouth, which weakens plaque. Fruit acids and candy also negatively impact our teeth’s sensitivity, so it’s important to take all things in moderation.