How to Manage Sensitive Teeth

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Do you experience a sudden sharp tooth pain while eating ice cream or drinking hot chocolate? If yes, you are one of the many people who have tooth sensitivity or dentin hypersensitivity. Tooth sensitivity is one of the most common dental issues in the world.

While some people experience sensitivity in one or more tooth, others may have a sensitivity that affects most or all their teeth. Often, sensitivity is caused by hot and cold food and drinks, very acidic and sweet food. In some cases, breathing cold air can even cause sensitive teeth.

To help you with tooth sensitivity, we have gathered some effective ways to help manage sensitive teeth. Check them out below:

  • Avoid Acidic Food and Drinks: Acidic food and drinks can wear down enamel causing sensitive teeth. Rather than eating acidic food, choose milk, cheese and fiber-rich vegetables and fruits.
  • Gentle Brushing: Use a soft bristle toothbrush when brushing your teeth. Brush at a 45-degree angle to your gum line. Avoid using abrasive toothpaste that can worsen sensitive teeth.
  • Avoid Clenching your Teeth: Teeth grinding or clenching can wear down enamel over time. Consult with the appropriate medical practitioner or dental expert to resolve your teeth-grinding problem. A mouthguard is usually prescribed by your dentist to help with teeth grinding especially at night.
  • Address the Root Cause: If your tooth sensitivity is caused by periodontal disease, a damaged tooth or filling, addressing these problems can help manage sensitive teeth.
  • Use of Fluoride: Fluoride strengthens the enamel and reduces pain caused by tooth sensitivity.

If you’re suffering from chronic sensitive teeth or severe pain from sensitivity, dental procedures such as gum graft and root canal could be an option. To learn more about managing tooth sensitivity, contact or visit our dental office in Saint-Lambert.

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