Does this picture make you cringe in anticipation of major tooth pain? Do you avoid your morning cup of coffee because the heat was too much for your teeth to bear? Your sensitive teeth don’t have to keep you from enjoying the little things in life anymore. We’ve got a few tips to help you reduce your tooth sensitivity.
Change your brushing techniques and habits.
Something as simple as the type of toothbrush you use or how much pressure you use when brushing can have a big impact on the sensitivity of your teeth. Soft toothbrushes are the best for sensitive teeth. If you have a heavy hand when brushing, you’re actually scratching away at your enamel, which increases sensitivity.
Try a new toothpaste.
There are a number of toothpastes available that are designed to help people with sensitive teeth. They don’t work for everyone, but it’s a cheap and easy way to start reducing your sensitivity to heat and cold. Make sure you stick with it, though, and don’t stop using it just because your teeth start to feel better.
Eat a low-acid diet.
Highly acidic foods and drinks wear away your enamel. Limit your intake of foods like citrus and pickles, and drinks like wine, soda, and fruit juices. It would be difficult to eliminate these from your diet, so make sure you brush your teeth about 20 minutes after eating or drinking anything high in acid.
Stop the grinding.
Grinding your teeth at night or when you’re stressed could be a cause of your worn enamel, and therefore a cause of your sensitivity. Try a nightguard while you sleep. If you clench your jaw during high-stress times, remind yourself to keep your jaw relaxed. Not only does this help out your enamel, but it could also relieve jaw pain and headaches.
Visit your dentist.
If the above methods don’t help your sensitivity, come to Springhurst Hills Dentistry for some extra help. Dr. Tran can apply barriers like a fluoride varnish to protect your teeth and reduce sensitivity. These varnishes do wear down over time, though, so you’ll need to have them reapplied.
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