Eating and drinking should be enjoyable for everyone. Tooth sensitivity can make these activities fairly unpleasant, even painful. Read on for some tips on how to manage sensitive teeth.
Watch What You Eat
Limit certain foods if your teeth are sensitive. Acidic foods break down tooth enamel and expose dentin, the layer that contains nerves. When dentin is exposed, you may experience aches or pains. Try to keep your consumption of foods such as yogurt, pickles, tomatoes, fruits, soft drinks, and wine to a minimum.
Use Products for Sensitive Teeth
There are several good toothpastes on the market that are designed to relieve sensitivity. These contain ingredients that form a temporary seal over the teeth. The seal protects dentin from extreme temperature changes that can cause pain.
Improve Your Brushing Techniques
Hard toothbrush bristles, aggressive brushing, and not brushing often enough can all cause teeth to become sensitive. Use a brush with soft bristles and a gentle touch. Brush at least twice a day, since plaque buildup can irritate sensitive teeth. Just don’t overdo it or you may worsen the problem.
Talk to Your Dentist
At-home treatments offer limited success and relief from sensitive teeth. . Only a professional dentist can determine the root of a chronic problem and offer lasting solutions.
If you are experiencing tooth sensitivity, be sure to get a checkup before starting a self-care program. You may have a condition that requires professional care. Make that visit—and future appointments—more affordable by enrolling in an EDP dental plan. Find a participating dentist and sign up to get the care that you need at the discount you deserve. Call (631) 272-5230 or register online today.