Sensitive teeth: But still craving Ice cream?
You can’t resist those chocolate and vanilla swirl ice creams. You love to devour an ice cream on a hot sunny day. The idea of slurping hot soup in winters comfort you. But just a bite of ice cream, can make your teeth twinge and make the experience of enjoying hot or cold foods, more painful for you. Well, you’re not alone!
In India, one in three adults is affected by tooth sensitivity which is an astounding 34% of the population. It is shocking to know that despite being such a common dental problem, this issue is paid heed to and tackled by just one in five.
Ever wondered what causes Sensitive Teeth?
- Overusing and overly aggressive Brushing: Brushing your teeth too hard, overzealous use of teeth whitening products that are abrasive in nature can cause enamel erosion. Enamel is the protective layer that acts as a coat on your teeth and its erosion leads to dentin hypersensitivity. Other external factors may also include excessive consumption of acidic foods and using a hard bristles toothbrush.
- Gums recession: Gums are the layer of tissue that surrounds the root of your tooth that fully preserve the nerve endings. The wearing of gums can leave the nerve endings more exposed making your teeth more prone to not just tooth sensitivity, but also gum diseases.
- Grinding or clenching teeth: Excessive clenching of the jaw or grinding your teeth because of stress can lead to wearing of the enamel of your teeth.
Sensitive Teeth can be treated
- Desensitizing toothpaste to the rescue: Next time you go shopping, pick up the toothpaste that specifically caters to sensitive teeth. With daily application, you will be able to witness relief within days, as the toothpaste’s compounds prevent the transmission of sensation from the surface of the tooth to the nerve endings.
- Picking up the Right Toothbrush: Toothbrush with softer bristles are more gentle on the surface of teeth and can prevent the erosion of enamel, unlike hard bristled toothbrushes. Also, remember that it's not just about the toothbrush, its also about the correct brushing technique.
- Avoid acidic and cold foods: If you're noticing symptoms such as sharp and sudden pain in your teeth while having cold or hot foods, our best advice would be to lick the food instead of biting it. For example, lick your ice cream instead of biting into it.
- Use alcohol-free mouthwash: Rinsing your mouth with alcohol-free mouthwash has been proven to be less irritating than regular mouthwashes are to sensitive teeth.
- Brushing habits: Developing hypersensitive teeth might be proof of your poor oral care hygiene. A good oral care routine includes brushing daily and flossing every day while being gentle with your teeth is vital to eliminate tooth sensitivity.