True or False? Common Myths About Tooth Sensitivity
Tooth sensitivity can be an incredibly aggravating pain. It keeps you from enjoying the foods you’ve always loved. The sharp pains that come from eating cold foods or drinking hot beverages can make everyday life miserable.
Many studies report that as many as 1 in 8 people have tooth sensitivity. There are many myths that surround this rampant global issue, which can lead to anxiety and confusion. We’ve debunked many of these myths here to explain what tooth sensitivity is and how to fix it.
We’ve structured this article as a fun game. See if you can guess if these statements are myths or facts!
1. Tooth sensitivity can be caused by a wide range of possible factors.
Many things can cause your teeth to be sensitive. A diet full of acidic foods and drinks, cavities, grinding your teeth, or gum disease can make your teeth sensitive. In fact, even brushing your teeth too aggressively can wear away at the enamel and make your teeth sensitive!
2. Tooth sensitivity is temporary, and it will go away on its own eventually.
While the severity of tooth sensitivity can fluctuate, the problem will never truly go away until treated by a dentist. Tooth sensitivity is often a sign of an underlying problem, such as cavities or gum recession. It is always recommended to go talk to a dentist when experiencing tooth sensitivity, so you can fix the underlying problem.
One of the few exceptions for this is post-operational tooth sensitivity. Be sure to talk to your dentist about the sensitivity you’re experiencing to establish a plan to get you on the road to healthy teeth!
3. To combat tooth sensitivity, you should brush your teeth immediately after a meal.
When you eat, your teeth’s enamel is temporarily softened. When you brush your teeth immediately following a meal, you can wear away the enamel on your teeth. It is recommended that you wait at least thirty minutes after a meal before brushing your teeth to protect your enamel!
4. Cold, hot, sweet, and sour foods can trigger tooth sensitivity.
Many people believe that only sugary, cold foods can cause tooth sensitivity. Ice cream is often blamed for many people’s sensitivity for that reason. Tooth sensitivity can be caused by many foods across a range of temperatures. Tooth sensitivity is also commonly experienced with hot cocoa or coffee. Sour foods are also one of the causes of your sharp aching.
5. Desensitizing toothpastes are a good way for me to fight tooth sensitivity until I can see my dentist.
Special desensitizing toothpastes are packed with potassium nitrate and strontium chloride, which can help your teeth rebuild enamel. The remineralization of your enamel can protect your nerve endings against triggering foods. While this is not a replacement for a dentist’s appointment, it’s a good first step to take.
6. While sensitivity is bad, it won’t lead to anything too damaging.
Tooth sensitivity is often a symptom of a larger problem. While the tooth sensitivity in and of itself won’t cause further issues, the problems that are causing tooth sensitivity can quickly progress. Depending on the underlying issue, you may experience jaw pain, gum bleeding, or tooth loss if you don’t visit a dentist!
7. There is no cure for tooth sensitivity.
Tooth sensitivity is often a symptom of a larger problem. When you treat the underlying problem with your oral health, tooth sensitivity quickly fades away!
8. The dentists at Smiles by the Sea Del Mar can get you back on the track to healthy teeth.
Our experts are highly skilled in treating tooth sensitivity. We’ll work with you to fully explain the underlying problems that are causing your tooth sensitivity and discuss the options you have for treatment. Call our office today to schedule an appointment and cure your tooth sensitivity!