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5 Common Sensitive Teeth Myths Exposed

Young parents with their little son eating ice cream with no painful sensitive teethPainful sensitive teeth are a common condition. Unfortunately, the condition is as common as the myths that can exacerbate and prolong the pain of sensitive teeth (if believed!). Don’t fall into the trap of believing these common sensitive teeth myths, which can keep you from finding relief from painful sensitive teeth.

Only cold foods cause sensitive teeth.

This myth is partially true. Cold foods are one of the triggers of sensitive teeth, but not the only. Acidic, sweet, or hot foods can also bring on the pain of sensitive teeth. In addition, there can be a number of underlying reasons for your sudden sensitive teeth, such as a damaged tooth, loss of tooth enamel, or receding gums. These conditions require dental care, so don’t just assume that your problem is sensitive teeth and you have to tolerate the condition. Visit your dentist to verify that you don’t have any of an underlying dental condition that’s causing the discomfort.

I just have to deal with my sensitive teeth.

There is hope for sensitive teeth sufferers, though the relief depends on the cause. Desensitizing toothpastes can alleviate some of the pain; ask your dentist for recommendations. Your dentist can also determine if a dental condition, such as an undiagnosed cavity or teeth grinding, is exacerbating the condition and treat the dental issue. If the cause is teeth grinding, or bruxism, a mouthguard and avoiding caffeine can stem future damage.

The pain from sensitive teeth goes away.

Sensitive teeth are not a random issue that comes on and goes away. The pain from sensitive teeth occurs when the enamel wears away or gums recede, exposing the dentin of the tooth. Once the dentin is exposed, the problem does not just rectify itself without a diagnosis and action. Visit the dentist to determine the cause and treat the issue.

Sensitive teeth don’t lead to any really bad dental problems.

In most cases, sensitive teeth does not progress and causes more serious dental issues. However, when the cause of the sensitivity is an underlying condition, sensitive teeth are a signal of what is to come. An undiagnosed condition can progress, leading to gum issues, tooth loss, and damaged teeth.

Brushing and flossing harder makes sensitive teeth less painful.

Sensitive teeth are not caused by dirty teeth or from soft brushing. Aggressive brushing and flossing can actually wear down enamel, making the sensitive teeth worse. To the contrary, purchase a soft-bristled toothbrush after receiving the diagnosis of sensitive teeth. Brush in soft circular strokes with a toothpaste specifically produced for those suffering with sensitive teeth. Add fluoridated products to your oral hygiene routine; fluoride can strengthen enamel and alleviate the pain of sensitive teeth.

5 Tips for Dealing With Sensitive Teeth

Woman eating ice cream after dealing with sensitive teethSensitive teeth can be, at best, a discomfort, and, at worst, a painful, stabbing pain. The ache of chronic sensitive teeth can make you feel desperate, wondering how you can make the pain go away (and when you’ll be able to eat ice cream again). So what do you about your sensitive teeth?

Don’t make assumptions about your sensitive teeth.

When your teeth hurt when you eat acidic, sweet, cold or hot foods, the natural assumption is that its sensitive teeth—and you have to deal with it. Don’t jump to conclusions. There can be a number of underlying reasons for your sudden sensitive teeth, such as a damaged tooth, loss of tooth enamel or receding gums. Teeth grinders beware: this common condition could be the cause of your sensitive teeth. These conditions require dental care, so don’t just assume that your problem is sensitive teeth and you have to tolerate the condition. Visit your dentist to get any serious conditions treated (or to stop their progression) or to verify that you don’t have any of an underlying dental condition that’s causing your discomfort.

Be more selective about your toothpaste and toothbrush.

For sensitive teeth sufferers, there is hope: soft-bristled toothbrushes can help alleviate your pain. Don’t brush too hard, and do circular strokes when brushing. Look for specialized toothpastes when you go shopping. Don’t expect immediate results from your new toothpaste; it can take 2-4 weeks to feel the effects of sensitivity toothpaste. In addition, you may have to try several different kinds of sensitivity toothpastes to see what works for you. To narrow down your options, ask your dentist at your next appointment for recommendations and samples of sensitivity toothpastes.

Avoid the causes of your sensitive teeth.

Obviously, you can’t avoid a cool breeze if that’s the cause of your sensitive teeth, but you can avoid acidic foods, extremely sweet foods, very hot or cold foods—whatever prompts the pain. To find out what the recurring cause of your sensitive teeth is, pay close attention to your diet. Keep a food journal if needed, and mark down when you feel the pain of sensitive teeth.

Seek out fluoride.

Fluoridated products can help alleviate the symptoms of your sensitive teeth because fluoride strengthens the enamel of your teeth. Ask your dentist about fluoridated products that can help with your sensitive teeth, such as mouth rinses and toothpastes.

Schedule an appointment with your dentist.

There are a lot of reasons to consult with your dentist about your sensitive teeth, many of which we’ve mentioned here. Your dentist can evaluate the health of your teeth and ensure that you don’t have any underlying conditions that could be causing your sensitivity.  What are you waiting for?  Make an appointment with your dentist today, so you get treatment recommendations from your dentist so you’re not stuck dealing with the pain of sensitive teeth.