How to Handle Sensitive Teeth
If you routinely pass on a cup of hot cocoa or an ice-cold glass of lemonade because you already know they are going to make your teeth hurt, then the time has come for you to make an appointment with your dentist to discuss the likelihood that your teeth are sensitive.
When you have sensitive teeth, it isn’t just hot and cold beverages that can be an issue for you, sometimes other things, such as overly sweet or overly sour foods or even very cold air can aggravate the condition as well.
To effectively manage these temperature-related aches and pains in your teeth, it will help you to understand exactly what is causing them in the first place. After you have figured out the reason for your tooth pain, you and your dentist can work together on coming up with a solution that works for you.
Maintain the Enamel on Your Teeth
The enamel of your teeth is a strong, protective coating that helps your teeth stay strong in spite of their frequent and rigorous use. When your enamel is gone, however, it leaves nerve endings exposed which leave you vulnerable to pain from all sorts of stimuli.
If you suspect that your teeth have become sensitive, it is plausible that the enamel is certain spots of your teeth has been worn away.
To help stop or slow down the erosion of your tooth enamel there are some steps that you can take, such as:
Brush Your Teeth More Gently
If you brush your teeth as hard as you possibly can on a daily basis, there is a good chance you are scrubbing away more than just food particles and plaque. Brushing in a side-to-side motion directly on your gum line will cause the enamel of your teeth to wear away at a greater rate. It is best if you buy a soft-bristled toothbrush and brush your teeth at a 45-degree angle to help maintain your enamel.
Pass on the Acidic Drinks and Food
Candy, sodas, and carbohydrates that are high in sugar can all cause the enamel of your teeth to wear away. If you do eat or drink something that is very acidic, you should wait at least an hour before you brush your teeth.
Relax Your Jaw
Over the years, grinding your teeth will wear away your enamel. Dealing with the cause of your stress might help to mitigate the issue. If it doesn’t, your dentist will be able to make a mold of your teeth and have you fitted for a special mouthguard that will prevent you from grinding your teeth.
Your teeth have to be properly maintained if you want to keep your smile both beautiful and functional. The cosmetic dentistry treatments offered by Curtis L. Chan, DDS will help you obtain the beautiful smile you have always wanted and ensure that your teeth remain strong and your mouth stays healthy.
For more information on procedures frequently used in cosmetic dentistry and your overall oral health, contact our Del Mar dental office at (858) 481-9090 to schedule an appointment.
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