No matter how it manifests or what the causes maybe, dental sensitivity can be very uncomfortable and can disrupt your day to day life.
However, there are now a number of treatment options available for sensitive teeth:
- OCDs : Over the counter dental treatments : If your sensitivity is mild, you could try some common OCDs for treatment including special desensitizing toothpastes and mouthwashes. These toothpastes contain fluoride and other chemicals that reduce sensitivity. They require regular use and it may take up to 2 weeks to feel any changes. For sensitivity to go completely it may take upto 2-3 months, so you have to be regular and patient. You can apply some toothpaste on the, particularly sensitive teeth before bed to specifically target those areas.
- Correct brushing: Incorrect or overzealous brushing is one of the leading causes of sensitivity. It can cause your teeth to wear away faster and cause your gums to recede. If you are experiencing sensitivity, use a soft bristles toothbrush and brush less aggressively. Talk to your dentist about the right way to brush to avoid damaging your gums.
- Fillings: If the cause behind your sensitivity is a cavity or a broken or chipped tooth, a filling may be required to help with your sensitivity. A filing may also help in cases of wear on the cervical portion of your tooth.
- Medical Treatment: Medical conditions that cause frequent vomiting including GERD and bulimia can also cause wearing of enamel over time, leading to sensitivity. In this case, it's best to treat the underlying medical condition while addressing the sensitivity. You should get in touch with your physician regarding this.
- Stop Grinding your Teeth: If you have the habit of grinding your teeth during the day or at night, it needs to be addressed while dealing with your sensitivity. You will have to consciously train your self to avoid clenching or grinding your teeth during the day. Avoiding caffeine and stress before bed may help in reducing night time grinding. If this doesn't help you could get a Night Guard to prevent night time grinding. It is a soft clear covering for your teeth that prevent the teeth that protects the teeth from grinding.
- Lay Off Acidic Food: Acidic food including pickles and citrus fruit when consumed very often and regularly may also lead to loss of enamel, causing sensitivity. So if you have sensitive teeth its best to decrease or stop your consumption of acidic foodstuff
However, the first step to treatment is correctly identifying the reason behind your sensitivity. It is best to make an appointment with your dentist to get to the root cause of the problem before self medicating.