From your favorite ice cream to some cookies fresh out of the oven, it seems that if anything is more intense than luke-warm your teeth have a reaction to whatever they come in contact with, and not in a good way.
You are tired of the shooting pain that accompanies eating otherwise harmless food and are wondering what is up with your teeth and what you can do to fix them.
Well, if it makes you feel any better you are not alone. In fact, according to the Academy of General Dentistry, 40 million people experience some form of tooth sensitivity.
In reality, the only way to pinpoint exactly what is going on is to visit a professional to help the sensitivity go away for good, but there are also some things you can do at home to help.
Here are five ways to help your sensitive teeth and finally not let your teeth determine what you can and can’t eat.
Be careful how you brush your teeth
One problem that can be contributing to your teeth being more sensitive could be the way that you are brushing your teeth.
According to FamilyDentalHealth.com, if you are brushing your teeth too vigorously it may be wearing down the enamel or the outer, protective part of your tooth which is then leading to the sensitivity.
If you notice after you brush that your teeth and gums are especially sensitive, it may be time to think about having a more gentle approach to brushing your teeth.
Use whitening products sparingly
Having a bright, white smile may be the goal of many, but it may be the very thing that is also contributing to your sensitive teeth.
Whitening toothpaste and other whitening or teeth-bleaching products can also wear out the enamel of your teeth leading them to become extra sensitive.
Also, the chemicals that are in some whitening products could be the culprits as well, so it’s important to be aware of what you are putting on your teeth and in your mouth.
Pump your teeth up
There are things you can do and products that you can use to help strengthen your teeth and help them to not be as sensitive.
There are kinds of toothpaste out there that are meant for sensitive teeth and can help to rebuild that important enamel that might have been worn down.
Also doing the good daily habits of brushing and flossing your teeth can help keep tooth decay from creating little cracks in your teeth which might make them more sensitive as well.
Watch out from grinding or clenching
Grinding or clenching your teeth can put pressure on your teeth and mouth which could cause them to be more sensitive.
If you feel like you could possibly be grinding your teeth, especially at night when you sleep, it might be a good idea to talk to our dentist about wearing a mouth guard or see if there’s anything else you can do to keep from grinding your teeth.
Talk to your dentist
Your dentist is the man (or woman) with the plan, and they can really update you and help you find the root of your tooth sensitivity.
Make sure to regularly visit the dentist for teeth cleanings as well as checkups, and let them know if your teeth feel overly sensitive and they will most likely have an answer as what you specifically need to do to help with that.