How to Combat Sensitive Teeth

sensitive-teethIt is estimated that 1 in every 8 American adults suffers from sensitive teeth. By eating or drinking a food or beverage that is either hot or cold, tooth sensitivity can cause a surge of pain to shoot up the side of your face and into your gums— leaving you unable to enjoy some of your favorite foods and beverages. If you have sensitive teeth, it can really put a damper on your lifestyle. Caused by the erosion of your enamel and once your dentin and nerves are exposed, sensitive teeth can strike any type of individual. To learn more about how you can combat sensitive teeth, read on.

Sensodyne Toothpaste

As one of the easiest ways to treat your sensitive teeth, using a toothpaste like Sensodyne helps to numb the nerves that are exposed once your enamel has started to erode. Simply replace your regular toothpaste that you use both morning and night with Sensodyne and you will start to notice the difference within a day or two.

Avoid Acidic Foods

Acidic foods like oranges and sodas can erode away your tooth’s enamel which in turn leads to sensitive teeth. In order to combat your sensitive teeth, it’s important to stay away from foods that are high in any form of acid that could negatively affect your oral health.

Gently Brush

In addition to using a toothpaste like Sensodyne, it’s important to not brush your teeth too harshly. By using a toothbrush that may be too abrasive for your teeth, you can scratch away the enamel and cause your sensitive teeth to become even worse. When shopping for a toothbrush, look for one that is extra soft and that is angled enough to reach every part of your mouth.

Suffering from sensitive teeth is awful to deal with. If you are suffering from sensitive teeth, try the above options, if none of them work or if you don’t notice an improvement, contact Dr. Zalavadia. If you are interested in learning more about sensitive tooth care or if you would simply like to schedule an appointment, contact our office today!



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