Does hot or cold food bother you? Does brushing your teeth cause pain? If so, these could be signs you suffer from sensitive teeth. Tooth sensitivity is one of the most common oral health problems, caused by worn tooth enamel.
This condition can be caused by gum disease, cracked teeth, fillings and receding gums. However, despite the different causes of sensitive teeth, there are a few common ways to ease the pain.
Here are a few of the best ways to treat sensitive teeth.
Avoid acidic food and drink
Acidic food and drink, such as soda, can weaken your tooth enamel. Sticky and sugar-filled sweets are also damaging to teeth. Over time, consumption of these foods can cause damage that leads to tooth sensitivity. It’s best to reach for fresh fruits, vegetables and nutrient-rich proteins.
Check your habits
Some habits may be contributing to tooth sensitivity. Teeth grinding can wear down enamel, which contributes to tooth sensitivity. This habit can be caused by stress or sleep problems. If this is something that happens during sleep, try investing in a mouth guard to protect your teeth from damage.
Brush teeth gently
Be careful when brushing your teeth. Side-to-side brushing can actually damage your teeth and your gum line. It is recommended that you use a soft bristled brush and clean your teeth at a 45-degree angle.
If you have questions about tooth sensitivity, it may be time to schedule a visit with your dentist. Call (573) 243-5200 or stop by our office at 3100 E Jackson Blvd., Jackson, Mo., to get your appointment scheduled.