When it comes to teeth sensitivity, it can seem like nothing is quite as rotten as biting into a popsicle or ice cream cone only to have a surge of shooting pain strike your entire face. However, how can you tell if you are just dealing with tooth sensitivity that can be cured by some simple Sensodyne toothpaste, versus whether or not the problem is much more severe? Follow these tips to find out if you’re just being too sensitive to sensitivity.
“Call the ambulance. Call 911. I have a toothache and can’t eat cold food.” First of all, although it might seem like the worst thing that’s happened to you in quite some time, calling an ambulance will not unfortunately do anything for the health of your teeth. If you start noticing the sudden onset of shooting pain not only when you brush, floss, and chew but also when you’re sitting still, you likely have a cavity. And, this is enough to give you permission to visit your dentist without feeling like you’re being ultra sensitive. In the meantime and until you get to sit in the dentist’s chair, try icing the targeted area and taking some Ibuprofen to help alleviate any of the pain. This will help you to feel more comfortable and relaxed.
Tooth sensitivity is usually a fairly gradual process, as it is the result of enamel erosion that is exposing your teeth’s nerves to the elements. However, it can sometimes feel constant and brand new when you bite into something that’s either very hot or very cold. The first thing you should do for tooth sensitivity is to get a sensitive toothpaste like Sensodyne from the grocery store. This type of toothpaste works to numb the nerves causing pain and alleviate all of the uncomfortable feelings you may have.
It’s hard to decipher between actual pain worth seeing the dentist over, and hypersensitivity to food. If you feel like the pain is unbearable and is prominent virtually all the time, then it might be time to schedule an appointment with the dentist.
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