Serving Brentwood, Belle Meade and Green Hills Areas of Nashville TN
Tooth sensitivity is something that affects many people. We often get asked about the best ways to manage this problem, so we thought we would share five no-fuss ways of dealing with sensitive teeth. So, whether you wince in pain when eating ice cream, or cringe as your tooth zings while sipping your morning coffee, these tips may help reduce that annoying tooth pain.
Take better care of your teeth and gums
Teeth shouldn’t hurt, and if they do, it is an indicator that something isn’t right. A good place to start is to assess your oral health regimen. Ensure that you brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily. Doing so protects the outer layer of your teeth, known as the enamel. If the enamel is compromised or damaged, irritating substances can penetrate the tooth more easily, and thus aggravating the tooth’s internal structure or the nerves. We recommend brushing your teeth using a soft-bristled toothbrush and avoid using harsh mouth rinses.
Limit or avoid acidic foods and beverages
Coffee, tea, wine, tomato-based foods, soda, and citrus fruits are highly acidic. While dental enamel is quite durable, it isn’t resilient to highly acidic substances. It might not hurt your teeth to consume these things in moderation, but if you continue experiencing tooth sensitivity, you might want to think about limiting or avoiding these things. At the very least, be sure to rinse out your mouth with water after eating or drinking something that is highly acidic. This helps rinse away residual acids that may be lingering on your teeth.
Stop grinding your teeth
Bruxism is when you clench and grind your teeth while sleeping. It’s a common problem that many people have, but what you may not realize is that it wreaks havoc on your teeth. Not only could you be filing down your teeth to tiny numbs, but it wears down your dental enamel, which makes your teeth more subject to sensitivity. While you can’t really cure bruxism, it can be managed by wearing a properly fitted nightguard made by your dentist.
Treat dental problems immediately
Cracked teeth, loose or leaking crowns or fillings, and cavities can cause tooth sensitivity. It is best to get these issues taken care of before they become worse. This is one reason why routine dental checkups are essential to maintaining your oral health. It would be best if you didn’t wait until you experience significant pain to see the dentist. During your checkups, we can identify these problems while they are still quite small, which means less invasive treatment.
See your dentist regularly
As we mentioned, routine dental checkups pay off in the long run. Despite what many people may think, six-month cleanings and checkups aren’t a ruse; it’s to protect your oral health. Prevention is worth a pound of cure, and fixing a small cavity is much better for your teeth (and your bank account) than waiting until the tooth is rotten and needs to be extracted to end your throbbing pain. Don’t have dental insurance? The cost of paying out of pocket for your checkups and cleanings is much cheaper than having to pay for costly dental repairs or to replace a tooth after it has been pulled.
General Dentist Serving Belle Meade, Green Hills, and Nashville
Sensitive teeth can be an indication of a more serious oral health concern. If, after trying these tips, you still experience discomfort or the occasional zing in your tooth, get it checked by the dentist. Call Devine Dentistry at (615) 269-4209 to schedule an appointment.