Sensitive teeth is one problem you can’t easily ignore. When your teeth are screaming in pain, it’s almost impossible to sleep well or eat your favorite foods. It even gets hard to breathe through your mouth due to the air rushing over your tooth. Sensitive teeth can be caused by a variety of factors, but one common cause of sensitive teeth is teeth whitening. Fortunately, tooth sensitivity following teeth whitening is usually temporary.
Here are a few things you can try to help fight the sensitivity and get back to enjoying life.
Use a desensitizing toothpaste. Yes, they actually work. Sensitivity toothpastes are formulated with ingredients that help block up pores in the enamel where the tooth’s nerves may be exposed.
Avoid extreme temperatures. For simple biological reasons, some people have more sensitive teeth and can’t handle sudden changes in temperature. Don’t eat scalding hot soup along with ice water, if you can help it.
Change dental products. Have you checked your toothbrush lately? A hard-bristled toothbrush could be wearing away your enamel. Switch to a soft one.
Cut out acidic foods and drinks. Coffee, tea, soda, tomato sauces, salad dressings, citrus fruits, and more are notorious for wearing away teeth. Balance out your diet with items that fall on the basic end of the pH scale.
Up the fluoride. A little more of this mineral in your “tooth diet” could strengthen your teeth and reinforce the enamel.
Try dental bonding. Your dentist may be able to patch up any weak spots or exposed tooth roots with a bit of dental bonding to cover them up.
Visit your dentist. Sometimes, it can feel like nothing you do helps. Your dentist may have some ideas to help you figure out what’s actually causing the sensitivity.
Get relief for sensitive teeth! Contact your dentist today to schedule a checkup.
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