Nothing is better on a balmy day than cooling off with a rich, creamy ice cream cone or a juicy slice of watermelon. But for millions of people with sensitive teeth, these cool, refreshing desserts are off the table. That’s because sensitive teeth can make what should be an enjoyable experience into a painful one. But you don’t have to stand by and suffer. There are many options you can try to help decrease the sensitivity of your teeth and get back to enjoying those cold, delicious summer desserts again!
How you brush is the first and easiest way to tackle sensitive teeth. For starters, brush very gently and always use a soft bristled brush. The harder you brush, the more sensitive your teeth will be. Use a toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth, or speak to your dentist about a prescription sensitivity toothpaste containing potassium nitrate. You may also try brushing your teeth with warm water instead of cold, but don’t brush with hot water, as this can damage your toothbrush and the enamel on your teeth.
Watch What You Eat
Certain foods may trigger tooth sensitivity in some people. Foods like citrus fruits, coffee, and sweet fruit juices all may cause tooth pain. Avoid eating these foods when possible, and if you do choose to eat them, keep a glass of water nearby to help rinse your mouth between bites. Room temperature water will help avoid triggering cold sensitivity.
If you’re a smoker, there are so many reasons you should quit, including lessening your tooth sensitivity. Speak to your doctor about smoking cessation tips if you are unsure how to start.
Get a Nightguard
Another lesser known cause of tooth sensitivity is tooth grinding. Many people grind their teeth and don’t even realize it. Ask your dentist to see if there are signs of tooth grinding wear on your teeth. If so, you may want to consider getting a night guard to protect your teeth while you sleep. Grinding your teeth wears down the enamel, which can cause sensitivity or worse existing sensitivity.
Try a Sealant
If none of these ideas help lessen your tooth sensitivity, speak to your dentist about applying a fluoride tooth desensitizer or composite bondings, which are applied directly to the teeth and may help to lessen or eliminate tooth sensitivity completely. Hopefully before you know it you’ll be ready to indulge in all your favorite summer treats again!
If your teeth are experiencing sensitivity and you’d like to learn more about your options, contact Dr. Hill’s office at 469-640-9550.