Q: The weather is a little colder this month and my sensitive teeth seem to hurt all the time - is there
something I can do to help this or make it stop?
A: Sensitive teeth can sometimes become extra-sensitive when the seasons are changing - this can be especially challenging when you live in a place like Winnipeg.
Luckily, we can help you to reduce the sensitivity.
First, it’s important to understand the cause. Sensitivity is often the result of worn down enamel and exposed root surfaces - the earlier you learn to manage the factors contributing to these issues, the better chance you’ll have at reducing the sensitivity.
Aggressive or improper brushing technique, grinding or clenching your teeth, and crooked teeth with an improper bite can cause trauma to the root and tissues of your teeth are the most common factors in people with sensitive teeth.
We recommend the following to build and maintain healthy teeth:
1. Use an extra soft bristled toothbrush. When bristles are too hard they wear down the enamel and irritate/push back the gums.
2. Brush in a circular motion. This way you’re not smashing the toothbrush and its bristles against your teeth or gums. Do not scrub side-to- side. It is healthier to brush towards the biting surface of your teeth.
3. Depending on your level of sensitivity, you may want to look into using a toothpaste specifically for sensitive teeth.
These should be used on a consistent basis in order to maintain a level of sensitivity protection. Once you find a brand that you like, stick with it. Do not flip flop between brands as this can decrease the efficiency of the sensitivity protection.
4. Visit your dentist to assess your bite. We can discuss options for preventing traumatic grinding and for straightening the teeth.
Schedule an appointment with our Winnipeg dentists today. We’re conveniently located at Garden City Shopping Centre and St. Vital Centre.