Do you often feel pain when you eat sweet, sour, cold or hot drinks, and when you brush your teeth? If so, you may experience toothache or sensitive teeth. Want to know how to fix it? Check out the following explanation.
Generally, toothache or sensitive teeth are caused by the thinning layer of tooth enamel. Email is the outermost layer of the tooth which is responsible for protecting the teeth. However, this layer can be damaged by several things, namely brushing your teeth too hard, using a toothbrush with coarse bristles, frequently consuming acidic foods or drinks, and grinding your teeth often while sleeping.
In addition, toothache can also be caused by cracked teeth, gum disease, plaque buildup on teeth, cavities, and the risks of certain procedures performed by dentists.
Here's How to Overcome Toothache
Aching teeth can suddenly appear and interfere with fun when hanging out with friends. Not only cause pain, but also can eliminate your sweet smile. Of course you don't want to have a toothache all the time, right?
Here are tips for overcoming toothache that you can do:
- Use a special toothpaste for aching teethWhen experiencing toothache, you are recommended to use a special toothpaste to overcome the problem. Generally, this type of toothpaste does not contain ingredients that can irritate your teeth, so it can minimize toothache. You can choose a toothpaste that contains aluminum lactate, potassium nitrate, and isopropyl methylphenol. These three ingredients are believed to be able to overcome toothache and prevent gum damage.
- Use a soft toothbrushChoose a toothbrush with soft bristles so that your teeth don't hurt when brushing.
- Avoid acidic foods and drinksFizzy drinks, sticky candy, acidic fruits (lemons and oranges), and alcoholic beverages, can erode tooth enamel and cause toothache. Therefore, you are advised to stay away from these types of foods and drinks if you have aching teeth.
- Avoid habits that cause toothache
Some habits that can make your teeth hurt are grinding your teeth, chewing ice cubes, biting something hard, and tearing plastic with your teeth.
- Avoid hot and cold food/drinks
Also avoid hot or cold foods and drinks, such as coffee, ice cream, and hot foods with soup, such as soup or meatballs.
If the methods above have been done but you still experience toothache, consult a dentist to get the right treatment. Usually the dentist will recommend applying fluoride to the teeth to strengthen tooth enamel and reduce pain due to toothache; perform gum surgery to cover the root of the tooth and protect the tooth; perform root canal treatment of teeth; or provide a binding layer (bonding resin) on exposed tooth root surfaces.
Take care of your dental health and hygiene to avoid toothache. Also, avoid brushing your teeth immediately after consuming acidic foods or drinks, as this can erode your tooth enamel. Don't forget to change your toothbrush every three to four months, and make regular visits to the dentist.