There are few things worse than that sharp pain you can feel in your teeth and jaw after biting into something very cold or sweet! You just want to enjoy the taste, but it’s so difficult when you are dealing with sensitive teeth… If you’ve ever wondered what you can possibly do to help yourself with this condition, continue reading below!
Fortunately, there are certain types of toothpaste made specifically for those of us dealing with sensitive teeth. They are desensitizing toothpastes that work in a similar way to the gel used to soothe teething babies. These toothpastes can be very helpful and you’ll likely be brushing your teeth more often, which is definitely a win-win.
Speaking of brushing, another way to handle your sensitive teeth is to use a soft bristled brush instead of a hard or stiff one. The soft bristles won’t be as harsh and damaging to your enamel, which is often the cause of tooth sensitivity.
Building up your enamel with a fluoride rinse and/or toothpaste is also very useful in dealing with sensitive teeth.
When your enamel is worn down:
It creates tiny tubes leading to the inner parts of your tooth. This makes them more sensitive, and causing sharp pains when eating certain foods or drinks.
A few things to avoid when you’re dealing with sensitive teeth, are:
Grinding. Tooth grinding can be caused by many factors and usually happens in your sleep. If you find that you are grinding at night, consider getting yourself a mouth guard to protect your teeth and stop any further damage while you are sleeping.
Acidic food and drink. Eating and drinking highly acidic things such as soda or foods containing a lot of citric acid can be very detrimental to dealing with sensitive teeth. These types of food wear away at your enamel very quickly and should be limited as much as possible.
Very hot or very cold foods. Extreme temperatures can cause some painful reactions when dealing with sensitive teeth. So be sure to be watchful of your intake of such things until you’ve successfully strengthened your enamel as a shield against it.
I hope these tips will help you if you are dealing with sensitive teeth. Always remember to make regular dentist visits and to tell your dentist about any concerns, pain, or questions you have about your oral health!