If you’ve ever bitten into a cold, tasty ice cream cone or shoveled in a spicy plate of Indian food only to experience sharp, shooting pain in your teeth, you probably have some level of tooth sensitivity. And you aren’t alone. According to the Academy of General Dentistry, over 40 million adults suffer from this frustrating phenomenon. Usually, sensitive teeth respond most dramatically to extreme hot or cold temperatures, acidic or spicy foods, or changes in air temperatures.
Although there is no single treatment option to help those struggling with this particular type of tooth pain, there are ways to help alleviate the symptoms. For some, it is as easy as buying a brand of sensitive toothpaste that can be found at a local grocery store. Or perhaps you can try a soft bristled brush, which are gentler on the gums. A fluoride based mouthwash, used daily, can also flush out some of the pesky germs that irritate teeth. If you suspect you are a subconscious grinder, a custom-made mouth guard can prevent teeth grinding and take pressure off susceptible pearly whites. Carefully observing your intake of citrus foods, carbonated drinks and wine will also help eliminate nagging pain.
In the end, it’s always best to visit a dentist to determine the true cause of your discomfort. A spray gun that emits air pressure can be used over each tooth to find the root of the problem. Feel free to share your symptoms and concerns with us. If it bothers you, we certainly want to know! That’s why we are here.