What Can You Do About Sensitive Teeth?
If your teeth hurt when you take hot or cold drinks, or even if cold air passes over them then you may have sensitive teeth. You will need to speak to your dentist about the twinges you experience but here is some general guidance.
- Take good care of tooth enamel, which is the protective shell covering each tooth. Worn out enamel exposes nerve endings leading to sensitivity.
- Brush softly with a soft bristled brush and limit acidic foods and drinks to avoid wearing out your tooth enamel.
- Teeth sensitivity could be a sign of other problems such as receding gums, teeth grinding and gum disease.
It is important that the cause of your sensitivity is correctly identified and managed. Often a sensitive toothpaste is the correct strategy, but occasionally a sensitive tooth needs a filling, crown or root canal treatment. Ignoring symptoms from your teeth can only make things worse.
To help keep your smile healthy, bright and pain free you should brush and floss twice a day- and see your dentist for a checkup as often as they recommend.
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