Tooth sensitivity… anyone who’s experienced it will know just how painful it can be. Not to mention, it’s pretty much impossible to ignore when it hits. Now, if you do have trouble with teeth sensitivity, there are some things you can do to prevent those intrusive aches.
#1 – Avoid very hot or very cold food/drinks
Because sensitive teeth are usually thermally reactive, you’ll find that hot soups and ice are likely to lead to discomfort. Unfortunately, this means ice cream, hot chocolate and a few other typical favourites. If giving up these foods/drinks isn’t an option, you can try using specialised sensitive teeth toothpaste to help protect your enamel and decrease your teeth sensitivity.
#2 – Acidic drinks
Ever noticed your teeth tend to ache after drinking fruit juice, soft drinks or even wine? That’s because these drinks can dissolve the tooth structure and expose more dentine which leaves you more susceptible to pain.
If you love your acidic drinks and need to have a sip every now and again, you certainly can by using a straw (heard about people drinking coffee this way?).
#3 – Tooth grinding
The hardest part about dealing with tooth grinding, or bruxism, is it typically occurs at night or when people aren’t aware they’re doing it. An estimated 70 per cent of all cases are caused by stress and as we know, stress can really do a number on your entire body.
#4 – Hard foods
If you’ve ever bitten into something and felt pain, you’ll want to read this tip. Eating anything too hard can crack teeth and lead to sensitivity or worsen the pain if you’ve already got sensitive teeth. You’ll also want to avoid very sticky foods such as caramel as this can also cause pain.
#5 – Eat more dairy products
Next time you find yourself wandering around your supermarket, raid that dairy isle because animal milk, cheeses and yoghurts all help to provide a protective protein layer over your dentin. This layer provides a buffer against acids.
Sick of tolerating your sensitive teeth? Ask one of our dentists what relief options you have. Call us on 1300 549 750.