You are enjoying a delicious ice cream cone, then all of a sudden you get a shock of pain around your tooth that deters you from your sweet treat. It is common for people to experience tooth sensitivity whenever they eat hot or cold foods. However, the specific food is not the main cause of tooth sensitivity; there is usually an underlying issue that needs to be treated. According to the American Dental Association, tooth sensitivity is caused by exposed nerve ending, enamel erosion, and gum disease. Luckily, there are a few simple ways to relieve tooth sensitivity so that you can enjoy that ice cream cone again!
The Softer, The Better
When it comes to relieving your tooth sensitivity, it all starts with how you are brushing. When brushing your teeth, you should be using soft, gentle strokes especially when you reach the gum line. If you are brushing fast and rough, you damage your gums causing them to recede. Make sure that you are using a brush with soft bristle and are switching out your brush about every three months. You want to use a new brush when you notice the bristles become weathered.
Invest In A Mouth Guard
You might not be aware of it, but you might be grinding your teeth at night which can cause tooth sensitivity. Around 10 percent of people suffer from nighttime teeth grinding, known as bruxism, and is caused by stress and sleep disorders. Teeth grinding can cause your enamel to wear down leading to sensitive teeth. Wearing a mouth guard at night prevents you from clenching your jaw as well grinding your teeth while you sleep.
Avoid Acidic Food And Drinks
If you are prone to sensitive teeth, it is essential that you avoid consuming acidic foods and beverages. Acidic substances, such as sodas and oranges, wear down on your enamel and expose the roots of your teeth. So, next time you are out to eat, avoid ordering a coke or Pepsi.
Oral Care from Catonsville Dental Care
Whether you want to whiten your teeth, straighten your teeth or have a wisdom tooth extracted Catonsville Dental Care offers a wide variety of services when it comes to oral health. We have the experience and understanding to diagnose and treat any problem you have as quickly and painlessly as possible. With four dentists available at our office and commitment to comfort, safety and relaxation you can’t find a better provider for your health. We look forward to helping you keep your smile perfect all year long and talking with you about your needs. To schedule an appointment or consultation, visit us online or give us a call at 410-747-1115. For more tips and tricks follow us on Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, Google+ and YouTube.