Sensitive Teeth are the bane of every ice-cream lover's existence and can ruin some of the most pleasurable moments of eating or drinking. Whether your teeth react to hot or cold, sweet or sour, the result is always the same, a sudden and sharp pain which reaches into your brain and sticks needles directly into the most sensitive part of it. Or so it seems.
Why Does it Hurt?
Sensitive teeth occur when your gums pull back, exposing the area underneath called dentin. This area of your tooth is covered in thousands of tiny tubes which go directly into the tooth's nerve center. When that area touches cold, hot, sweet, or sour, the nerve center is immediately notified. That sensation is never pleasurable.
Dentin can be exposed in several ways. Brushing too hard, especially if you are using a hard-bristled toothbrush, can cause your teeth to wear down, exposing the dentin. Grinding your teeth will have the same effect in the long run. If a tooth develops cavities near the gum line, gets chipped or breaks, or if you suffer from a gum disease, your dentin will be exposed.
Reduce the Pain, Increase the Enjoyment
Proper dental hygiene is paramount to preventing most of the causes of sensitive teeth. You need to brush your teeth twice a day using proper brushing techniques which make sure you reach every part of your teeth and gums. Remember to floss daily, and use fluoridated dental products. If your teeth are already sensitive, make sure to use toothpaste specifically made for sensitive teeth. Finally, see your dentist every 6 months or even sooner if your sensitivity worsens.
The effort will be worth it. After all, there are too many good restaurants, bakeries, and coffee shops for you to have to avoid all of their delicacies because of sensitive teeth. Your taste buds will be very grateful.