When your teeth seem like they’re overreacting every time you bite down, or when you drink a cold or hot beverage, the feeling could be a warning. The most common reason for tooth sensitivity is the wearing down of your teeth’s enamel—the super-resilient layer of mineral crystals that surround and protect your teeth. Enamel is their first line of defense against cavity-causing bacteria, and as it grows thin, your teeth become more vulnerable (and sensitive) to bacteria and other irritations. To prevent cavity formation, you should visit Dr. Wright and Dr. Heron as soon as you notice that your teeth are sensitive. In the meantime, however, you can try to reduce your symptoms with the following at-home tips.
Try Desensitizing Toothpaste (with Fluoride)
These days, toothpaste comes in a variety of flavors and colors, and can serve an even greater variety of purposes besides just cleaning teeth. Desensitizing toothpaste, which may say “for sensitive teeth” on its packaging, usually contains a smaller amount of abrasives that scrub teeth clean. Less abrasiveness means a smaller chance of damaging your tooth enamel. For additional protection, choose toothpaste with fluoride, which bonds to thin enamel and strengthens it.
Use a Softer Toothbrush
Choosing sensitive toothpaste won’t do much good if your toothbrush consists of unusually rough bristles. Dr. Wright and Dr. Heron advise buying soft-bristled brushes with the ADA seal of approval to better clean your teeth without roughing up the enamel around them.
Drink Less Soda, More Milk
Tooth enamel is comprised almost entirely of minerals, mainly calcium and phosphate, and relies on a steady source of nutrition from your teeth to stay strong. Since the body doesn’t produce calcium, you’ll have to consume it through your diet, and milk (along with other dairy products) contains ample supplies of tooth-essential minerals. By contrast, the acidity in soda can wear down enamel, and the sugar will feed bacteria that produce even more acid.
Change Your Tooth Filling
A tooth filling is a material placed inside the cavity of a tooth after the infection has been cleaned and the compromised tooth structure removed. As metal ages, it can change shape with changes in temperature, leaving spaces between the amalgam and your tooth’s surface where bacteria can slip back into the tooth’s interior. Instead of metal, Dr. Wright and Dr. Heron can replace your filling using tooth-colored composite resin, which can be bonded to your tooth to create a more effective and longer-lasting protective seal.
About Your Southlake Dentists:
As a native Texan, Dr. Gregory Wright opened his private practice in Southlake, TX in 1992. He and Dr. Victoria Heron are happily accepting new patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and all surrounding communities. To learn more, call our office today at (817) 481-7999.