Strategies to Help with Sensitive Teeth
Do your teeth stop you from eating a few of your favorite treats? Hot chocolate and ice cream shouldn’t be avoided just because your teeth can’t bear it. Teeth Sensitivity occurs due to exposed dentin. Exposed dentin reacts to temperature changes due to exposed tubules that house dental nerves. The dentists at MaDental & Associates can help you make the best decisions when it comes to sensitive teeth! Schedule your appointment easily today!
How to Choose the Right Toothpaste?
There are so many toothpastes to pick from, but which one is the right one? Walking down the aisle full of toothpaste can be overwhelming and downright challenging. Not all toothpastes are created the same and there are some toothpastes specifically engineered for sensitive teeth. This toothpaste is beneficial to sensitive teeth because it contains elements like potassium nitrate which, helps desensitize teeth by blocking the tubules holding the nerves. Additionally, fluoride needs to be an active ingredient as well so that the fluoride can rebuild enamel that is resistant to damage.
Oral Hygiene Routine
Oral hygiene shouldn’t be taken lightly especially with sensitive teeth. Instead of putting off oral hygiene instead select a brush that has softer bristles in order to prevent any damage to the tooth enamel. Make sure not to brush too roughly either, because even with the softest of brushes a rough brush routine can still cause substantial damage. Lastly, when flossing between those teeth choose a softer floss to reduce tooth and gum discomfort. Brushing and flossing regularly will ensure that they stay in tip-top shape! Shying away from oral hygiene can cause the gums to recede away from the tooth which means more tooth exposure and a higher risk of sensitivity.
Do you Grind your teeth?
Are you often waking up with a sore jaw or headache? Are you wondering why your teeth may be wearing down each time you see your dentist? It’s possible that you grind your teeth when you sleep, otherwise known as bruxism. Teeth grinding can lead to significant damage to teeth enamel. The best preventative measure for this is to purchase a mouthguard and inquire about one with your dentist. Using a mouthguard can prevent teeth grinding meaning less enamel damage and less stress on your jaw and mouth muscles which are required for functionality.
Acidic Beverages Can Make the Difference
A lot of factors can cause sensitive teeth, one of the biggest factors though is acidic foods and drinks. Your favorite beverages could be the ones doing the most damage. Coffee, wine, and soda are just some of the culprits that lead to tooth decay and cavity formation. Try to limit or omit acidic drink/food consumption entirely. We know it’s a lot easier said than done, so if you find yourself craving your old favorites try to incorporate a straw which will reduce the amount of contact the liquid has on the teeth. If you don’t have a straw or if you are eating something acidic the best practice is to rinse and or brush after consumption.