Tooth Sensitivity: What Is It, and 3 Steps To Reverse It!
Beat The Sensitivity Today!
You scoop out your favorite ice cream. Pour yourself your favorite drink. You’re about to dig in, when OUCH! A shooting pain, and you see stars.
You’re not alone. 40 million Americans suffer from tooth sensitivity, and unfortunately millions more will experience it at some point in their lives. (1)
Tooth sensitivity can be painful, and can make the most simple things like breathing and drinking a painful chore.
But don’t worry. Help is out there.
In this blog we discuss what tooth sensitivity is and the three solutions to reverse it today! Learn easy ways to fix tooth sensitivity.
WHAT IS TOOTH SENSITIVITY
Source: Blausen.com Staff
Tooth sensitivity is about more than just one sensitive tooth.
In fact, the medical term is called “dentin hypersensitivity,” and can be temporary or long-term, severe or barely noticeable, and can happen regardless of what you do. (2)
There are two different types of tooth sensitivity:
your tooth is healthy, but there’s just not enough enamel there to protect it, which causes you to react to things you normally wouldn’t
the nerves inside your tooth are unhealthy and react too frequently to regular stimuli.
Having sensitive teeth doesn’t mean you’ve done anything wrong. Some people naturally have thin enamel - the outer layer of a tooth that's tasked with protecting the sensitive nerve endings inside. (3)
Enamel also weakens with age, and can break down when gums recede and leave teeth exposed and unprotected. (4)
The problem with this enamel erosion is that pain is the only response the nerves in your teeth produce, which is what makes sensitive teeth so painful and so common. (5)
CAUSES OF TOOTH SENSITIVITY
Although some people naturally have shallow enamel, there are additional causes of sensitive teeth to look out for:
Tooth sensitivity may be a combination of these factors, or none at all. It's always best to talk to a doctor if there are other medical conditions at play. (2) (6)
Dr. Margaret Culotta-Norton, the former president of the D.C. Dental Society, says that the pain associated with sensitive teeth may never go away.
"Symptoms may be less or even seem to go away for a while, but unless the reasons why a person's teeth become sensitive are completely eliminated, the sensitivity will come and go." (7)
Sounds ominous, but don't fear!
There are three easy steps you can take at home to reverse tooth sensitivity and restore your bite back to normal!
WATCH YOUR TOOTHPASTE
Many over-the-counter toothpastes contain alcohol and other chemicals, such as artificial whitening agents, in hopes of appealing to fear-stricken consumers intent on purchasing products that promise whiter smiles.
But in fact, many over-the-counter toothpastes wear down tooth enamel and make your teeth even more sensitive. (8)
Many toothpastes contain bleaching agents, which are dangerous for those with sensitive teeth because they wear down the enamel of your teeth, leaving your dentin exposed. (9)
This exposed dentin (the material under your tooth enamel) opens the door to allow the stimuli into to your nerve endings, adding to the pain associated with sensitive teeth. (10)
SO WHAT CAN YOU USE?
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Alcohol wears down tooth enamel, and this extends to the alcohol in your dental products. (11)
Over-the-counter mouthwashes, in particular, contain loads of alcohol, and its purpose is to kill - good bacteria, bad bacteria, and everything else. (12)
Unfortunately, this alcohol also targets your enamel, and is too harsh for your enamel to withstand over time.
Mouthwash containing alcohol can also be more painful for those whose tooth enamel is already worn, making a potentially small problem even worse.
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Another major cause of tooth sensitivity is teeth grinding, also known as - Bruxism. (13)
Many times we don’t even realize we’re grinding our teeth, and that’s completely normal. Much of the grinding we do to our teeth occurs while we sleep or when focused on another activity. (14)
Despite the fact that enamel is the strongest substance in your body, enamel does wear down over time, especially when you grind your teeth. (15)
Grinding your teeth wears down your enamel, which in turn exposes the middle of your tooth, the dentin. And considering dentin contains the little wiry vessels that lead to your nerve endings, stressful sleep can directly lead to tooth sensitivity and further dental complications down the line. (10)
Garner’s Garden 100% All-Natural Sleep Mist uses the healing power of lavender, which is a natural anti-depressant and relaxant, to calm you down and give you the restful night’s sleep your body needs. This restful sleep will also go a long way in keeping you from grinding your teeth, which contributes to tooth sensitivity.
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