Summer is almost here! Time to bite into those popsicles, sip some lemonade, and crunch into corn-on-the-cob, unless you’re one of 40 million Americans suffering from tooth sensitivity. Sensitive teeth cause a swift, stinging sensation when exposed to hot and/or cold foods. This pain can eventually become intolerable, leading you to avoid your favorite ice cream treat or stray away from that grilled summer snack. Our NY cosmetic dentist, Dr. Timothy Chase, knows tooth sensitivity can alter your diet, but before saying au revoir to your favorite summer au d-oeurves, consider taking these steps:
Change Toothpastes: Sometimes, the cause of your tooth sensitivity can be as simple as your type or brand of toothpaste. Certain pastes have ingredients too abrasive for your teeth, removing enamel and increasing sensitivity. Try using toothpastes for sensitive teeth, or pastes that do not have teeth whitening.
Altering Dental Hygiene Habits: Brushing too frequently or abrasively with a hard bristle toothbrush can remove enable from your teeth and even cause gum recession. Switch to a soft bristle tooth brush and brush twice a day.
Avoid Acidic Foods & Drinks: Often ignored as the culprit of tooth sensitivity, the foods you love may actually cause tooth pain. Acidic foods and drinks like tomato sauce, soda, and even oranges can eat away at your enamel, exposing your teeth to sensitivity. Try fiber-rich foods to stimulate saliva, a natural defense against cavities. After eating acidic foods, chew sugarless gum to combat acidity.
Visit Your Dentist: If your pain is long-lasting or advanced, sometimes the best choice is to visit your dentist. Gum disease and deep cavities can cause tooth sensitivity, these conditions may require professional dental attention, such as a root canal in NY. Your dentist can also provide fluoride and a night mouth guard to help strengthen teeth that may be sensitive due to teeth grinding or another dental issue.
Dr. Chase, Dr. Roth, Dr. Jackier, Dr. Loshak, and their staff look forward to discussing any questions you may have about tooth sensitivity in NY. You can contact us at our New York office at 212.752.6537, or you may request an appointment online for a personal consultation at SmilesNY.