Painful sensitive teeth are a common condition. Unfortunately, the condition is as common as the myths that can exacerbate and prolong the pain of sensitive teeth (if believed!). Don’t fall into the trap of believing these common sensitive teeth myths, which can keep you from finding relief from painful sensitive teeth.
Only cold foods cause sensitive teeth.
This myth is partially true. Cold foods are one of the triggers of sensitive teeth, but not the only. Acidic, sweet, or hot foods can also bring on the pain of sensitive teeth. In addition, there can be a number of underlying reasons for your sudden sensitive teeth, such as a damaged tooth, loss of tooth enamel, or receding gums. These conditions require dental care, so don’t just assume that your problem is sensitive teeth and you have to tolerate the condition. Visit your dentist to verify that you don’t have any of an underlying dental condition that’s causing the discomfort.
I just have to deal with my sensitive teeth.
There is hope for sensitive teeth sufferers, though the relief depends on the cause. Desensitizing toothpastes can alleviate some of the pain; ask your dentist for recommendations. Your dentist can also determine if a dental condition, such as an undiagnosed cavity or teeth grinding, is exacerbating the condition and treat the dental issue. If the cause is teeth grinding, or bruxism, a mouthguard and avoiding caffeine can stem future damage.
The pain from sensitive teeth goes away.
Sensitive teeth are not a random issue that comes on and goes away. The pain from sensitive teeth occurs when the enamel wears away or gums recede, exposing the dentin of the tooth. Once the dentin is exposed, the problem does not just rectify itself without a diagnosis and action. Visit the dentist to determine the cause and treat the issue.
Sensitive teeth don’t lead to any really bad dental problems.
In most cases, sensitive teeth does not progress and causes more serious dental issues. However, when the cause of the sensitivity is an underlying condition, sensitive teeth are a signal of what is to come. An undiagnosed condition can progress, leading to gum issues, tooth loss, and damaged teeth.
Brushing and flossing harder makes sensitive teeth less painful.
Sensitive teeth are not caused by dirty teeth or from soft brushing. Aggressive brushing and flossing can actually wear down enamel, making the sensitive teeth worse. To the contrary, purchase a soft-bristled toothbrush after receiving the diagnosis of sensitive teeth. Brush in soft circular strokes with a toothpaste specifically produced for those suffering with sensitive teeth. Add fluoridated products to your oral hygiene routine; fluoride can strengthen enamel and alleviate the pain of sensitive teeth.