The three main causes of tooth sensitivity are toothbrush abrasion, gum disease and acid erosion. In the winter, your teeth tend to be more sensitive because of the harsh cold. As winter approaches, you should protect your sensitive teeth from the cold wintry air. Apart from doing that, do the following to fight tooth sensitivity during the cold season:
Use a Soft-Bristle Toothbrush
Toothbrushes with firm bristles may irritate your gums. Softer picks are great for gentler teeth cleaning in the winter. Additionally, try changing your brushing intensity. While many people think that brushing vigorously keeps their teeth protected from the build-up of plaque, it erodes the tooth enamel. Brushing with a lighter and natural intensity for a few minutes cleans your teeth effectively and comfortably.
Consider Switching Toothpastes
At times you might be unsure of what's causing tooth sensitivity. Changing from your regular toothpaste to one that's designed specifically for sensitive teeth might help. When your tooth enamel erodes, it exposes dentin (teeth's main tissues). Dentin exposure results in further sensitivity. Toothpastes that are tailored specifically for sensitive teeth desensitise the vulnerable dentin. Such toothpastes also help protect the remaining enamel.
Consider Buying a Mouthguard
You might be grinding your teeth without even knowing. Wearing a mouthguard at night helps to create an effective barrier between your bottom and top teeth, thus preventing unnecessary friction while you are sleeping.
Avoid Acidic Drinks
Acidic drinks exacerbate sensitivity. Acid also softens your enamel, making your teeth more susceptible to erosion with time. If you are having an acidic drink, use a straw in order to prevent it from affecting your teeth as much.
Treat Receding Gums in time
In most instances, your gum tissue covers the tooth. However, if you happen to have gum recession because of hard brushing or gum disease, the tooth root becomes exposed. It can cause the cementum to be worn away thus causing teeth sensitivity. A dentist can restore or rebuild the receding gums with a treatment utilising tissue grafts.
Consult Your Dentist Regarding a Paint Job
Sometimes desensitising toothpaste might not be handy. If that's the case, consult your dentist regarding painted-on barriers. He or she can apply desensitising agents such as plastic resins or fluoride varnish to your teeth's sensitive teeth. These agents wear off after some few months or years. It all depends on the material your dentist uses. You can always request a re-application when they wear off.