Everything from your eating habits to going outside can be painful when you struggle with sensitive teeth. For many, sensitive teeth means altering your lifestyle and habits. Luckily, there are a few easy and natural things that you can do to help relieve the pain of tooth sensitivity.
First, find out what is causing the pain. There are many different dental issues that could be causing tooth pain. Whether it is periodontal disease, tooth decay, aggressive brushing, or worn enamel, all of these things can cause you to wince when you have a bowl of ice cream. Your dentist will help you with a diagnosis and with treatment. But in the meantime, here are a few things you can do on your own.
1. Ditch your hard-bristled brush: If you are brushing with a hard-bristled toothbrush, then you are just causing more damage to your teeth. Hard-bristled brushes are too tough on enamel and cause further sensitivity.
2. Avoid Acidic Foods: If you love orange juice and citrus fruits, then this could be bad news for you. Acidic foods wear away at enamel and heighten sensitivity. Try to avoid them to help ease the pain, but if you must indulge, then don’t brush directly after ingesting acidic food; it’s harmful to teeth.
3. Wear a Mouth Guard: This may not apply to all sensitive teeth sufferers, but for some, grinding their teeth at night could be the culprit behind their sensitivity. Getting a mouth guard can help protect your enamel so that you are not grinding it away at night.
Trying these tips may help limit your exposure to sensitivity and stop the erosion of your enamel from continuing.
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Dental Partners of Brookline
June 1, 2018
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