Tooth sensitivity is not only painful but can also interfere with your daily life. You may find yourself avoiding certain foods or even refraining from smiling to prevent air from reaching and hurting your sensitive teeth. If you experience tooth sensitivity, don’t fret. Dr. Amy Farmer, a cosmetic dentist in Longmont, CO, is here to help with a few strategies and tips.
Watch What You Eat
Foods that are high in acidity are notorious for exacerbating tooth sensitivity. This is because acidic foods weaken tooth enamel. If you have sensitive teeth, try avoiding or limiting acidic foods likes soda, sports drinks and citric foods and drinks like oranges, grapefruit and limes.
Swap Your Toothbrush
If you experience tooth sensitivity during or after brushing your teeth, your toothbrush may be to blame. If you’re using a hard-bristled brush, swap it out for a soft-bristled one. Brushing too hard can also harm your gum line and tooth enamel. Be sure to brush your teeth using gentle, tooth-wide strokes.
Consider Using a Mouth Guard
Grinding or clenching your teeth at night can wear away tooth enamel and lead to tooth sensitivity. Wearing a mouth guard at night can help prevent tooth grinding while sleeping and relieve tooth sensitivity. If you know you grind your teeth, Dr. Farmer can help you find a mouth guard that fits your needs. Some people are not aware that they grind their teeth, so it’s important to schedule a dental checkup with your dentist regularly to check for signs of teeth grinding and clenching.
Keep an Eye Out for Other Dental Problems
Sensitive teeth can be a sign of a serious underlying problem. If this is the case, pay attention to changes in your mouth or other symptoms of discomfort or pain. For instance, tooth sensitivity paired with bleeding, red or irritated gums can be a sign of gum disease. If left untreated, gum disease can lead to serious damage including tooth loss.
Schedule a Dental Appointment
The best way to find out what is causing your tooth sensitivity and what can be done about it is by scheduling a dental exam with a dentist. Only a dentist can determine the cause of your tooth sensitivity and treat it promptly to avoid serious problems.
To discuss your oral health with Dr. Farmer, please schedule an appointment. Call Dr. Farmer’s Longmont practice at (303) 776-1480.