How To Avoid Tooth Sensitivity

Cosmetic_DentistryPatients who visit cosmetic dentistry practices are often quite diligent in maintaining the health and appearance of their teeth. For some of them, it may come as a surprise that some of their daily habits might actually be aggravating problems with tooth sensitivity – a condition that effects up to 35 percent of adults.

“Many patients don’t realize that it’s not a good idea to brush more forcefully or frequently than their dentist recommends,” says Dr. Carol Ford, who practices cosmetic dentistry in central Phoenix. “In this case, less (and gently) is more.”

Brushing regularly, but not aggressively, is one way to avoid experiencing tooth sensitivity. Other steps you can take include:

  • Switch to a soft-bristled toothbrush. Softer bristles are usually considered safer for teeth and gums.
  • Drink acidic beverages, such as fruit juices, sports drinks, diet and regular sodas and wine, through a straw aimed at the back of your mouth.
  • Pair the consumption of acidic drinks or acidic food (which could include berries, citrus fruits, ketchup or vinegar) with non-acidic foods such as cheese or milk, or rinse your mouth out with water afterward.
  • Rinse your mouth with water after taking chewable Vitamin C tablets or a chewable aspirin.

Another key to avoiding sensitive teeth is to visit your cosmetic dentistry professional regularly. If you’re experiencing gum recession, the part of the tooth that’s ordinarily below the gum line, which is not covered with enamel, is exposed. And if your periodontal (gum) disease has advanced far enough, the “pockets” that have formed as the gums pull away from the teeth can be filled with bacteria, which can also cause pain. Regular prophylactic cleanings at the dentist keep your teeth and gums healthy and  prevent vulnerable tooth surfaces below the gum line from becoming exposed.

While it’s true we cannot always control all the factors related to our oral health, there are plenty of steps that can be taken to prevent sensitive teeth – and many of them are quite easy to do.

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