7 Tips For Sensitive Teeth
Do you suffer from sensitive teeth? If so, youâ€™ll know that the sharp pain and discomfort associated with this condition can be triggered by all sorts of factors - from cold or hot foods to chilly winter winds and even eating something sweet.
Tooth sensitivity is a common dental problem that occurs when the protective layer of your tooth - the enamel - becomes worn down, leaving the toothâ€™s internal nerves exposed to elements such as heat, cold, and acidic substances.
If youâ€™ve been living with the pain of sensitive teeth, the good news is there are steps you can take to help improve this condition.
Tip 1: Use a soft toothbrush
Brushing your teeth too hard or using a toothbrush with tough bristles can both contribute to sensitive teeth by damaging the toothâ€™s enamel. Whatâ€™s more, abrasive brushing can lead to gum recession, leaving sensitive parts of your teeth exposed.
If you suffer from sensitive teeth, opt for a soft-bristled toothbrush and take care try not to brush too aggressively.
Tip 2: Choose the right toothpaste
There are many sensitive toothpastes available that can assist in reducing tooth sensitivity. Sensitive toothpaste helps to form a protective barrier over the tooth, as well as filling porous areas which can allow hot or cold to enter and cause sensitivity. Talk to your dentist about choosing the right sensitive toothpaste for you.
Itâ€™s also important to avoid harsh whitening toothpastes, which can have an abrasive effect, causing damage to the tooth enamel.
Tip 3: Cut back on acidic food and drinks
Food and beverages that are acidic can be bad news for those suffering from sensitive teeth, as the acid can wear down the tooth enamel, leading to increased sensitivity.
If youâ€™re a sensitive teeth sufferer, you may want to reduce your intake of acidic food and drinks such as:
- Citrus fruits, e.g. lemons, limes, and oranges
- Sugary and processed foods
- Soft drinks
- Dried fruits
Tip 4. Avoid teeth grinding and clenching
The habit of teeth grinding - also known as Bruxism - involves constantly grinding your teeth together or clenching your jaw for long periods of time. This repeated action can cause the tooth enamel to become thin, making teeth more sensitive.
If you struggle with teeth grinding or jaw clenching, speak to a North Shore Dentistry team member about possible ways to prevent this, such as by using a mouth guard at night.
Tip 5. Maintain a good oral hygiene routine
Sticking to your oral hygiene routine by brushing twice a day and flossing regularly is particularly important if you suffer from sensitive teeth. Brushing your teeth and gums can help get rid of debris and bacteria, as well as stimulating blood flow to the gums to keep them healthy.
As mentioned above, remember not to brush too hard - use a toothbrush with soft bristles and practice being gentle but firm to avoid harming your teeth and gums.
Tip 6. Drink plenty of water
Staying hydrated by drinking enough water is not just good for your body and brain - itâ€™s also an important part of keeping your teeth and gums healthy. Drinking enough water keeps your mouth moist and ensures you produce sufficient levels of saliva to avoid bacteria building up.
Aim to drink at least two litres of water a day. If you struggle to keep up your water intake in the winter months, remember that some hot beverages such as herbal teas also count, so you can stay warm and hydrated!
Tip 7. Visit your dentist regularly
Keeping up to date with your regular six-monthly dental check-ups can help to prevent any oral health issues from getting worse, as well as providing teeth with a thorough clean that canâ€™t be achieved through regular brushing.
If youâ€™re experiencing tooth sensitivity, regular check-ups can enable your dentist to assess the problem and establish whether thereâ€™s an underlying cause that needs to be addressed.
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