If you are having generalized sensitivity to temperatures in your back teeth a good question to ask yourself is:
1. Have I been under an increased amount of stress?
A common side effect to stress is the clenching or grinding of our teeth. This will irritate the nerves in your teeth and make them more sensitive to temperatures.
2. Not sure if you are clenching and grinding your teeth?
Over the course of the next few days at regular intervals check and see if your teeth are together or apart. Our teeth should always be apart unless we are eating so if you are finding your teeth together through out the day, there is a very good chance you are clenching or grinding your teeth.
Now that you know you have a clenching or grinding problem you can actively work at relaxing your jaws through out the day. This is a great first step however most people who find themselves clenching and grinding though out the day are also doing this a night. The best solution is to visit your dentist and discuss getting a night guard. This is an appliance worn on either your upper or lower teeth to decrease the damage done to your teeth with night time.
Other times generalized sensitivity or very specific areas of sensitivity can be caused by gum recession. Gum recession can be genetic, a result of aggressive brushing, orthodontic movement of teeth, trauma, or missing teeth.
Determine what caused your recession, if it a result of aggressive brushing you need to implement changes to your home care habits.
Start using a power toothbrush with a sensor that will not allow you to put to much pressure on it.
When using manual toothbrushes ONLY USE SOFT OR ULTRA SOFT.
Ask your hygienist how to brush properly with both a power and manual toothbrush.
Floss or use softpicks daily, if you are cleaning between your teeth you are going to have a cleaner feeling mouth taking away the feeling that you need to scrub your teeth.
Now that you have implemented ways to stop the recession from getting worse lets address how to stop the sensitivity caused by gum recession.
1. Start using a sensitive toothpaste or use two brands with different modes of reducing sensitivity. Use one in the morning and the other at night. When you can pin point a problematic tooth use the toothpaste as an ointment and place on the root surface right before you go to bed.
2. Have your hygienist use a fluoride varnish on exposed root surfaces at each cleaning appointment.
3. Have your hygienist us a desensitizing agent on areas of recession.
4. Avoid using TARTAR CONTROL toothpastes.
5. Ask your dentist if they think a white filling along the gum line over root surface will help.
6. Consider having a gum graft if your dentist recommends this. This will place tissue over the exposed root surface, a minor surgical procedure with your dentist.
Acid Reflex, Chronic Regurgitation, or an Acidic Diet
Acid is damaging to the enamel of our teeth and will cause erosion of the enamel causing sensitivity. i
Enamel is very hard if acid can damage our teeth in this way imagine what is can do to the soft tissues of our esophagus. If you are having issues with acid reflex or chronic regurgitation please see you medical Doctor soon.
Eliminate acid foods from your diet.
See your Doctor to discuss Acid Reflex or Chronic Regurgitation.
2. All of the recommendations from gum recession except 5 and 6.
3. Cover the area of erosion if possible with white filling.
4. Use a repairing toothpaste such as Sensodyne Pro Enamel.
Recent Dental Visit
There are times after a new filling has been placed you may have post treatment sensitivity. The sensitivity is generally reversible but there are times that the new filling was to traumatic on the nerve and it cannot heal itself.
Use a toothpaste for sensitive teeth.
The bite on the new filling may be to high call your dentist and have it adjusted if needed.
Monitor if area get worse call you dentist.
There are times that the tartar on the teeth are acting like a protective blanket on your teeth. When it is removed from the tooth or root surface the tooth can become sensitive for a while.
Use a toothpaste for sensitive teeth.
Have a post treatment fluoride varnish.
Decayed or Broken Teeth
The inner portion of your teeth are very sensitive to temperatures and sweets.
See a dentist ASAP to have tooth repaired.