THE MOST COMMON cause of sensitive teeth is exposed dentin. Dentin is the tissue below your tooth’s enamel that’s full of microscopic nerve fibers. If exposed, the nerves can overreact to hot, cold, or sugary foods. The best way to avoid problems with exposed dentin is to properly care for your tooth enamel.
To Protect Your Tooth Enamel And Reduce Tooth Sensitivity…
1. Use desensitizing toothpaste that can fill small openings in your dentin and help relieve sensitivity.
2. Limit acidic food and drink consumption. Soda, fruit juices, even citrusy fruits and pickles contain acid that can attack your tooth enamel. If you do eat/drink them, waiting 20 minutes and then brushing your teeth can help reduce the damage.
3. Brush softly. Brushing too hard can wear away your enamel and lead to tooth sensitivity. Make sure you’re using a soft-bristled toothbrush and brushing for at least two minutes. Regular brushing also helps get rid of acid producing plaque.
4. Don’t grind your teeth! If you regularly wake up with a sore jaw or a headache, you may be grinding your teeth at night. Talk to us about a night mouthguard.
5. Eat less hard candy. Sucking on hard candies can also damage your tooth enamel.
Don’t Let Sensitive Teeth Interfere With Your Daily Life
Your dental team at Dental Partners of Boston cares about your comfort! If you’re suffering from sensitive teeth, we advise you to schedule an appointment with us right away so we can determine the cause of your sensitivity and help find a solution.