Sensitive Teeth – What to do about them

I heard about the syndrome of sensitive teeth one year ago, while I was doing a gingival filling at the dentist. The doctor, a very good one in fact, advice me firstly to cleanse the teeth decays, and that was the moment she told me I had a big problem with my teeth. I was surprised because I never had problems with my teeth.

It was a surprise to hear I had the Sensitive Teeth Syndrome, and I had it since I was born (I mean since 6 years old, the time I had my new teeth in). It was a surprise because I’ve inherited nice looking teeth from my mother and have checked them regularly. Before, none of the doctors ever mentioned I had a problem with my teeth. On contrary, they all complimented me for my beautiful and strong teeth.

I took good care for my teeth since I was a little child. The reason for that were the stories I heard in the family about teeth. My father had strong teeth, but not nice looking ones. He told me he damaged his teeth by cracking strong things when he was a little boy; and kept doing it again especially with chestnuts. My mother used to tell us about her grandfather, who had beautiful teeth because he never ate very cold or very hot food and had the habit to wash his teeth with water after each meal. So, I washed my teeth regularly and never cracked strong objects with my teeth. I can’t say I never ate cold and hot food, but I tried to be careful with that too.

I asked the doctor to explain me what was the Sensitive Teeth Syndrome. Her words were very familiar for me. The most significant symptom of sensitive teeth was persistent numbness of the teeth. I had that all my life, especially with sour foods. I could not eat lemon as my teeth would become numb. The same was for other fruits and vegetable that have acidity: tomatoes, grapes, oranges, strawberries, kiwi, plumbs, etc. In case I ate one not-well-ripen, my teeth became numb. During regular teeth checks, I’ve asked my dentists about this phenomenon and they all told me it was not a great deal; just not to eat the lemon as it is, but to use his juice. The big problem was that my teeth were damaged by this syndrome at the stage of creating ditches right at the part the teeth touches the gums. I am able to feel with my tongue the ditches in some of my molars. The doctor was right. It was a great luck I found a good doctor that day, as I’m standing right at the edge of having my teeth damaged forever. Surgery and implanting would be the solution for that stage.

Since then, I changed many things in my life:

  • I changed my toothbrush into an extra sensitive one and I brush my teeth slowly and carefully.
  • I changed my toothpaste, and now I’m using only toothpastes with the logo “sensitive professional”.
  • I do not eat anymore anything sour: no vinegar, no lemon, no fruits with acidity, no sour drinks and no sour yogurt. When you have sensitive teeth no sour food should reach the stomach, it has not to do with teeth only.
  • I do not have hot or very cold food.
  • I do not use whitening products for my teeth.
Now, I only use sensitive professional toothpaste.

Wrapping up, for all of you having similar problems, make sure to explain to your dentist the numbness of your teeth and strictly follow these rules. They will help to protect your teeth from further development of the disease.

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