Ah, sensitive teeth. Some people have had it, but others can only imagine what it might feel like to experience one. There are many commercials about sensitive teeth(in Danish the term is Isninger), but all those graphical diagrams do not really give you an idea of what causes it, how you will know if you have teeth that are sensitive, and what you can do to prevent it from coming back. |
What Causes Sensitive Teeth
There are many culprits responsible for your having teeth that are sensitive, and the most common one is vigorous brushing. Some people think that the harder they brush their teeth the better it is. The truth is, it does not make the teeth cleaner – it just opens it up to teeth becoming sensitive. Another cause for sensitive teeth is engaging in too many cosmetic dental treatments that are not really necessary such as teeth bleaching. The harsh chemicals may sometimes be too much for your teeth to handle, resulting in sensitive teeth. And of course, you also get sensitive teeth when you eat hot and cold drinks at the same time. The change in extreme temperature can surprise your teeth and do more harm than good. And of course, if you have bad oral hygiene do not be surprised if your teeth feel sensitive. When you eat a lot of food (especially at night, if you are a midnight snacker) but fail to brush after then it could result in sensitive teeth.
The Symptoms of Teeth that are Sensitive
So, how will you know if your teeth are already sensitive? The signs are quite simple. First, the most obvious one is the feeling of pain. If your gums are painful, then you definitely have sensitive teeth. Second, there might not be a feeling of pain but there might be a tingly or a sensitive feeling in and around your gums. It might be a bit interesting for some people to feel this, but this is an indicator of teeth that are sensitive and may progress to pain. Third, if you notice that your gums bleed much faster than usual it may also be an indicator of teeth that is sensitive. And finally, you will know if your teeth are sensitive if there is a weird numb sensation every time you eat or drink something very it is very important that you are attuned to things like these, because you might end up with a problem that is much, much worse.
What to Do
If you already experience these symptoms, then you have sensitive teeth. However, you can still do something about it. First off, it is very important that you stop all the poor oral care (Mundhygiejne) practices that you do such as failing to brush your teeth often and not flossing. Second, avoid mixing hot and cold drinks and foods together. It is always best to let a mug of coffee cool down or to let ice cream melt on the other side of your mouth (the side that is not as sensitive). Skipping aesthetic dental procedures like bleaching and adopting gentler teeth brushing practices will also help you in combating teeth sensitivity.
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