Don’t you hate that feeling when you sip a cold drink, or bite into your favorite flavor of ice cream, only to feel a thousand tiny daggers stabbing through your teeth? Even warm treats like hot cocoa or any type of food can bring on discomfort and pain if you have sensitive teeth. If you have issues with enamel wearing down, this increases the exposure of hollow points on the surface of your teeth, which magnifies sensation when the nerves are affected. Anything hits your teeth, and you’re wincing.
While you’re waiting for your dentist appointment, there are things you can do to relieve the aches in the sensitive area. Don’t think you have to go through life never enjoying your favorite foods or never opening your mouth. Take precautions and consider options from your dentist, and you’ll soon face this challenge with a smile.
1) Switch toothpaste. Check your local drugstore in the dental care aisle. Used to be there were only a few options for toothpaste, but now they have everything that increases whiteness, promotes fresh breath, and yes, helps sensitive teeth. If you have concerns about using such a product – especially if you are loyal to a specific brand – you can always consult with your dentist to see which type of toothpaste is best for you.
2) Keep a food diary. Certain foods tend to cause stronger reactions than others. Foods high in citric acid, for example, are likely to hit those nerves. If you experience similar pains with other things you eat and drink, make a list as you go along and cut down on those foods. Over time, as you’re able to improve your teeth, gradually bring them back to see if you are able to enjoy them again.
3) Change your toothbrush. It’s advised to change brushes after a certain period of time, but if you find brushing is literally a pain, adjust your routine. Look for a brush designed for sensitive teeth, and go easy as you brush. Don’t forget to floss, too, and prevent buildup.
4) Consult with a dentist. Your dentist may suggest fillings or other work designed to reduce sensitivity. Fillings and crowns, for example, can cover porous areas that give you problems.
You don’t have to suffer with sensitive teeth. Take care of them at home and visit your dentist for options to help you eat, talk, and smile without pain.
Kathryn Lively is a freelance writer specializing in articles for Dentists.