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Dealing with Sensitive Teeth

Do your teeth hurt after taking a sip of something hot or cold, or while eating something sweet? You could be dealing with sensitive teeth. There are ways to deal with having sensitive teeth.

Stay on track with your dental cleanings

Tooth pain can be an underlying problem of gum disease. By getting professional cleanings every 6 months, you can keep periodontal disease at bay. You also keep teeth healthier. Tooth sensitivity often times occurs when dentin (located beneath the tooth’s harder outer surface) becomes exposed. By staying on top of your dental check-ups, you have a better chance of avoiding sensitive teeth.

Develop a Healthy Oral Hygiene Routine

Keep up your home routine between dental cleanings by brushing at least twice a day and flossing daily. Also pay attention that you are not brushing your teeth too hard. Sometimes this will happen without you even realizing your doing it. Use a soft bristle tooth brush and don’t brush with too much force.

Avoid Chewing on Ice Cubes

This is a habit that can seriously damage your teeth. A good alternative is chewing on sugar-free gum which will still leave your mouth feeling refreshed.

Avoid Acidic Foods

Fruit juice, soda, and citrus drinks can wear away tooth enamel which leads to tooth sensitivity. Also be aware of salad toppings- Vinegar, Lemon and salad dressings can all be very acidic.

Choose the Correct Toothpaste

There are several brands available that offer tooth-sensitive specific toothpaste. These can be beneficial to use on a daily basis when suffering with tooth sensitivity.

Replace Old Fillings

If you have fillings that are the older silver variety, you can talk to the doctor about replacing them with newer white fillings. They are made of a more comfortable, tooth-friendly material.

Talk to The Doctor

It is vital to talk to your doctor if you have tried any of the above tips to relieve tooth sensitivity and you're still not feeling relief. Any of our doctors here at Sofferdentistry would be able to help. They will evaluate your teeth, see what is causing the pain and be able to advise you on how to fix this.

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