Things to Do to Decrease Tooth Sensitivity Between Visits to Our Office
Posted on 7/20/2018 by Karl Olson
Do you flinch every time you take a bite of ice cream or drink a smoothie? I can be that during the winter months you open your mouth to speak and you feel sharp pain in one of your teeth.
There is nothing more frustrating than not being able to enjoy your favorite foods or treats because of sensitive teeth, but you're not alone, millions of Americans suffer from this condition.
Whatever the situation, there are things to do to decrease tooth sensitivity between visits to our office.
What Causes Teeth Sensitivity?
Your teeth are strong and with the proper care they can last your lifetime, but over time, things like the foods you eat or what you drink will damage the enamel, the outer layer that protects them.
Your enamel is the last defense against tooth decay and when enamel weakens, the inside of your teeth can get exposed. If the root and nerves are not protected because of a cavity, it can cause sensitivity.
If you get regular checkups at our office and feel sudden sensitivity, please don't wait for your next checkup. Call us as soon as you can so we can take care of the problem.
A cracked tooth or a tooth infection, can also cause sensitivity, so it's very important to identify the reason for your pain. If you clench or grind your teeth at night, you can be wearing out your enamel and this can make your teeth sensitive.
What Can Be Done for Tooth Sensitivity?
There are things to do to decrease tooth sensitivity between visits to our office.
Don't brush too hard and use a toothbrush with soft bristles.
Avoid acidic foods and sugary drinks.
If you use a tooth whitening product, stop until we can see you.
These tips can help make you more comfortable before you come to our office and we can check out what is going on.
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