Driven to distraction by sensitive teeth or gums?

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We understand the deep, severe pain you feel when your teeth contact anything hot or cold.

We know what it’s like when you experience shooting pain when breathing in cool air, and we know how eating “sharp” foods like potato chips can make you wince because your gums are tender.

These discomforts can distract you from everything else, until all you’re thinking about is the pain in your teeth and how desperately you want it to go away.

Sensitivity is a common problem for many people. But if you’re suffering from more than a twinge of discomfort, then that could indicate a more serious problem.

Can nor resist it. Serious young woman using laptop and suffering from toothache.

What could be causing your sensitivity?

Acid wear/enamel erosion
Dental infection
Tooth grinding
Root nerve damage
A chipped or fractured tooth
Receding gums
Gum disease

Gum disease and sensitivity

If your gums are swollen, tender and prone to bleeding, then the underlying problem may be gingivitis: an early stage of gum disease.

When gingivitis goes untreated it may progress into periodontitis, a more advanced stage of gum disease, that can lead to gum recession and potentially other health issues in your body.

Gum recession means that the gum tissue covering your tooth begins to wear away, exposing your tooth’s root. Because the tooth is losing the protection of the gum tissue, this can make your tooth more sensitive.

Bacteria can then build up in these spaces between the teeth and the gumline. Without treatment, serious damage to the tissue and bone structures of the teeth may occur which can lead to tooth loss or the need for a tooth extraction.

In general, gum disease is caused by poor oral hygiene habits that cause a buildup of plaque along the gumline.

Tooth sensitivity is a common sign of gum recession.

This is why we recommend you seek treatment if you’re experiencing sensitivity. It’s not a good idea to wait and see if the sensitivity dies down on its own.

If your discomfort and pain is intense, it usually indicates a more serious issue that won’t improve itself without professional attention.

How to find some immediate pain relief

Until you are seen by our emergency dentist in Calgary, here are some home remedy tips:

  • Over-the-counter painkillers, such as Advil or Tylenol, can provide relief

  • Swish salt and warm water around your mouth for at least 30 seconds. This also helps create a pH balanced environment in your mouth that bacteria cannot thrive in.

  • Using your finger, rub some desensitising toothpaste on the area that hurts, and leave it there instead of rinsing it away.

  • Soak a cotton ball or gauze pad in clove oil and press it onto the painful area.

  • If you need to brush your teeth, steer clear of whitening toothpaste. Brush lightly with a soft-bristled toothbrush.

  • Avoid food and drinsk that are very hot / cold until you’ve been treated

  • Avoid acidic foods and drinks, such as citrus, juice or fizzy drinks

If you can’t book in to see your regular dentist quickly, then give us a call now to discuss your symptoms.

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