Most people know the sharp feeling caused by intense tooth sensitivity. All it takes is a sip of coffee or a deep breath on a cold morning and there’s excruciating pain. Tooth sensitivity occurs when the enamel wears away, the gums recede, or the dentin becomes exposed. Sensitivity may be caused by everyday behaviors, but it may also indicate serious conditions. Thankfully, the condition can be addressed with good habits and dental care. Below are a few activities to avoid to prevent sensitivity.
Brushing Too Hard or Too Often
Brushing too hard, using a too-stiff brush, or brushing too frequently will break down the enamel and create additional wear and tear on the teeth. Choose a softer brush, be more gentle, and limit brushing to twice per day.
Overuse of Mouthwash
Choosing acidic mouthwashes and using them throughout the day may damage teeth that are already sensitive. Ask a dentist about pH-neutral mouthwashes and learn which acidic ingredients to steer clear of.
Certain Whitening Products
White teeth are a top priority for some people, but if they use peroxide solutions, those solutions may cause tooth sensitivity. Consult a dentist about professional whitening and find out which products minimize sensitivity.
Excess Intake of Acidic or Sugary Foods
Citrus fruits, juices, and sweets all taste great, but they may cause damage to the enamel and dentin. Minimize the consumption of acidic and sugary foods and drinks, and when a patient does indulge, they should follow it up with a bit of milk or cheese to reduce the acid.
Ignoring Gum Problems
If a patient notices their teeth looking longer, their gums are receding. That creates a direct path to the tooth’s nerve center. Receding gums may indicate periodontal disease, and patients should see a dentist for advice if they have concerns.
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Changing these very common, but sometimes damaging, behaviors will help patients take a proactive stance on tooth sensitivity. Professional dental treatments can reverse the condition, improve oral health, and give a patient a whiter, healthier smile. Patients can read more here or call the office today to schedule an appointment.