Ask any ice cream lover: Sensitive teeth can be a real drag. In fact, a number of things can exacerbate sensitive teeth, from food to brushing, so it can go from a minor annoyance to a big problem pretty quickly. And although desensitizing
What's Causing the Pain?
Sensitive teeth can be the result of any number of dental issues, including genetics. Focusing on the cause of your tooth sensitivity can better your understanding of how to treat it and prevent it from coming back. According to the American Dental Association (ADA
- periodontal (gum) disease
- tooth decay and exposure of roots at the gumline
- aggressive toothbrushing
- wearing away of the enamel, the hard surface that protects the nerves of each tooth
If you think your sensitive teeth are the result of tooth decay, disease or infection, see your dentist. However, issues like soft enamel can be habit-based or even hereditary, according to CNN, making it easier to wear it down. So you may be able to treat sensitivity naturally at home.
Knowing how to relieve sensitive teeth can include remedies that may even be in your own hands. Specifically amending some of your usual habits could make a difference in how your teeth feel on a daily basis. Try these three tips for healthier, pain-free teeth:
Swap Your Toothbrush
Brushing can help keep your teeth healthy, but using a hard-bristled toothbrush or a highly abrasive toothpaste can aggravate sensitive teeth. Instead, swap out your usual toothbrush for a softer product and brush your teeth gently in a back and forth motion and across the biting surfaces of the teeth, rather than erratically. You don't need to be harsh with your teeth; a little TLC can go a long way to reducing sensitivity.
Avoid Acidic Foods
Certain foods, like carbonated drinks, coffee, citrus fruits
Wear a Mouth Guard
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If you suffer from sensitive teeth, toothpaste isn't your only option to enjoy your favorite foods once again. In fact, you can start today to take steps toward a healthier mouth and less sensitive teeth in natural, simple ways. By caring for your pearly whites gently and regularly, you'll focus on treating the cause of sensitive teeth, rather than simply reacting to the pain.