Some people have sensitive tooth. Others get sensitive tooth. You’re probably the latter cause the others must have already got it checked by a dentist. There is one of two reasons you got sensitive tooth. You either took little care of it or too much. Yup! That’s right.
Your tooth hurts and you can’t enjoy the cold delicacies of life. What are you supposed to do now? Go see a dentist, obviously. But, here you are checking to see if there’s something you can do at home. Well, there are some thing to do till your appointment with the dentist.
How did this come to pass?
Poor Oral Hygiene
You should have maintained better oral hygiene. If you messed up once, you know to care of your mouth better. One reason for your sensitive teeth could be tooth decay. It’s exactly what it sounds like. Your tooth decay and your nerves get exposed and this causes you a sensation similar to pain.
The other could be some sort of gum disease which causes your gums to recede resulting in sensitive parts of your teeth being exposed to the cold drinks or food that you consume. Both tooth decay and gum disease could be a result of plaque building up in your mouth and you being negligent of it.
Excessive care of your teeth
It could also be that you made your shine too much. All your hard brushing might have gotten some enamel off your teeth and now you’re experiencing pain as a result. Your nerves can get exposed due to brushing too hard for a long period of time. Brushing is good but only too a certain level.
Excessively caring for your teeth does it more harm than good. Have you used anything for teeth whitening? There is a chance you overdid it which could possibly cause such issues.
Or maybe you liked the taste of something and binged a whole lot of food. You might have brushed afterward, but that’s not the point. Did you know eating or drinking things with high acidic content could wear away the outer layers of your teeth? Cut down on your coffee, wine or your tomatoes. You can’t regrow enamel but you can drink and eat small amounts of your favorite stuff if you have the enamel. Choose wisely.
Wear and Tear
Maybe you’re the type of person who gets stressed out and starts grinding your teeth. Your teeth is susceptible to wear and tear. Don’t put them through too much pressure.
You might be doing it inadvertently. You might not even want to grind your teeth. Maybe it’s the way your teeth is and it keeps grinding against each other. If that’s the case, ask your dentist for advice on what to do. He might be able to help you correct the position of some teeth and this might fix your problems.
Maybe it’s nothing to do with you taking care of your teeth. You just got old. It’s common for cracks to develop in your teeth as you get older. You just have to get it fixed and you can resume enjoying your favourite food and drinks.
What do you do now?
There are quite a few things you can do which you might have already figured out. It must be noted that these can only reduce your pain and are not permanent fixes. This is for until you get to see your dentist which you must as early as possible.
Change your toothbrush
You might have already done this. I suggest you replace the toothbrush your are using now for one with soft bristles. Soft brushes are soft. What I mean is you wouldn’t be able to damage your teeth by brushing like you normally could.
You probably expected this. There are a whole lot of toothpastes available that claim to alleviate your pain and a whole lot of other stuff like “good for cavities” or something. It’s up to you to choose which one to use. I would suggest you ask your dentist about his opinion on this one.
Avoid acidic food
Your oranges will have to wait. The other acidic food too. We wouldn’t want to keep doing what caused you pain in the first place, right? Completely eliminate, if you can, acidic foods from your diet until you visit your dentist and he proposes some solution to your situation.
Since you have to cut down on acidic food, is there anything specific you have to eat? Not really, but I would suggest food rich in fiber content. You can drink milk (unless you’re lactose intolerant). You could eat cheese and yogurt too. As a replacement for coffee try tea. It’s less acidic.
What if you forget your condition and eat some acidic stuff? Fret not and brush not. You do not rush to brush your teeth first thing. That’ll be bad. You wait. That’s the thing to do. You wait until your teeth is strong enough to handle your brush.
Anything that you think is bad…
Follow your hunch. If you think it’s bad for your teeth at this time, don’t use it until you confirm its use is safe. You know whitening stuff is not a good choice at this time. Just like that, anything you think is bad, take precaution.