What Is Teeth Sensitivity?
Teeth sensitivity is an issue that many people are not familiar with. You probably have sensitive teeth if biting into an ice cream cone, sipping an icy beverage, or slurping hot soup causes a brief, sharp, unpleasant sensation in your teeth.
Exaggerated reactions to stimuli like cold air, hot or acidic food or drink, or even brushing your teeth can indicate tooth sensitivity. Consuming hot, cold, sweet, sour, or acidic meals and drinks, as well as breathing in cold air, can all cause teeth sensitivity. If you have teeth sensitivity, tooth sensitivity treatment in Carstairs might be the right option for you.
Why Do Teeth Become Sensitive?
Worn-out enamel (the outer layer of your teeth) or cavities in your teeth can often lead to tooth sensitivity. The enamel is what protects your teeth from getting damaged. When wear and tear occur on the enamel, you may experience pain when you eat hard foods, ice cream, coffee, or hot foods. These can have an electrifying effect on sensitive areas.
Causes of Tooth Sensitivity in Kids:
Poor Brushing Habits – Some children don’t have the best brushing habits. They don’t brush long enough, they don’t use a soft enough bristle toothbrush, or they are not brushing properly. All these things can lead to gum disease and tooth sensitivity.
Tooth Decay and Cavities – When a cavity forms, a dentist may need to pull the tooth in order to stop the decay from spreading. This can create a lot of pain and inflammation in that tooth.
Enamel Erosion – This can happen when your child is chewing on hard foods. Over time, their enamel will get worn out, causing the nerves of the tooth to become exposed and sensitive to hot or cold temperatures.
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Loose or Cracked Fillings – When a filling is loose, or broken, it can impact the nerves of the tooth and cause your child’s teeth to become sensitive to hot or cold temperatures.
Development of Permanent Teeth – Children with growing permanent teeth are more susceptible to tooth sensitivity.
Sinus Problems – If your child is having sinus problems, it can cause a lot of pain in the teeth, causing tooth sensitivity.
Treating Tooth Sensitivity in Children
- Proper Oral Hygiene Practices – This is very important for people of all ages; however, starting early will help set your children up for success. When working with children, use a non-abrasive toothpaste like Colgate for Kids, or a toothbrush that has soft bristles (like the Sensodyne Toothbrush for Kids). Also, encourage your child to chew gum after they have their meal; this will help to wash away the remaining food particles and freshen their mouth.
- Toothpaste for Sensitive Teeth – If your child is experiencing tooth sensitivity, then you may want to try a toothpaste that has potassium nitrate. This ingredient will help to combat the effects of tooth sensitivity. Some examples of toothpaste that contain potassium nitrate are Colgate® Sensitive Pro Relief™ Toothpaste, Aquafresh® Advanced Toothpaste, and Crest® 3d White™ Vivid Toothpaste (in the blue and white box).
- Fluoride – Fluoride is actually a key ingredient in preventing tooth decay and sensitivity. By adding fluoride to your kids’ daily oral hygiene routine, you can help prevent cavities from forming in the teeth. The best way to do this is by having fluoride-fortified toothpaste. Some fluoride-fortified toothpaste includes Crest 3d White™ Fluoride Plus™ Toothpaste, Oral-B Complete clean Toothbrushes, and Colgate® Kids Fluoride Toothpaste.
- See Your Dentist Regularly – Regular checkups with your dentist can help get rid of any lingering bacteria in the mouth.
When Should I See A Dentist For My Kid’s Teeth Sensitivity?
- Cold – If their teeth hurt when they eat cold foods like ice cream, make sure that you take them to see a dentist as soon as possible. Tooth sensitivity can become evident from cold temperatures in the mouth.
- Hot – If their teeth hurt after eating anything hot, you should make an appointment with your dentist. The best thing to do is to use a child-sized toothbrush and toothpaste with fluoride for sensitive teeth.
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Choose Carstairs Dental Clinic in Carstairs, Alberta, for your kid’s teeth sensitivity problem. Visit our website or call us with any questions you have about your child’s teeth sensitivity. We are open with convenient hours for all of your dental needs, and we won’t be happy until you are!