Do you dread eating certain cold or hot foods because of sensitive teeth? You aren’t alone. Many people experience some degree of tooth sensitivity. Be aware that just avoiding foods that trigger the sensitivity may not be enough. There are steps you can take to lessen the pain and discomfort.
When to consult your dentist
A study published in the March 2013 issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) revealed that 1 in 8 people have sensitive teeth. But many don’t discuss the condition with their dentist.
It’s important to know that the cause of tooth sensitivity needs to be addressed as soon as possible to prevent damage to teeth and gums. Gums can recede exposing the roots, causing more pain and discomfort. The enamel on teeth may wear down and that can lead cavities, cracks, and loss of teeth. Don’t wait for a regular check-up to have the problem addressed. Call Danville Family Dentistry and get ahead of the problem.
The dentist can help to identify the reasons you have sensitive teeth. He can also give you advice on how to reduce or eliminate the problem. Before you run to the grocery for some special toothpaste, hear what your dentist has to say. He might advise you to use a special toothpaste, and he will know the best ones for the problems you are having. Don’t waste time and money on what you don’t need, or what won’t work for you.
What are the myths about tooth sensitivity?
Is it normal for teeth to hurt when you bite into an ice cream cone? Take this quiz to help separate fact from fiction, debunk the myths and learn how to manage sensitive teeth. Teeth are meant to last us a lifetime, and they will, if we know what to do to preserve them. Our teeth are too important for us to go through life misinformed.
What foods to avoid if you have sensitive teeth
Until you can see your dentist avoiding the following foods can help alleviate the discomfort. Avoid soda because it is a double whammy, containing sugar and acid. Other acidic foods to avoid are tomatoes and citrus fruits, which further erode enamel. Any food that is cold or hot, like ice cream and coffee can be particularly difficult to eat, especially coupled with sugar. If enamel has worn away hot, cold and sugary foods can get to the roots of teeth causing pain.
Believe it or not, you also need to stay away from hard or sticky candy. “Extremely sweet and sticky foods can stimulate the nerves in the dentine, which is similar to tooth enamel but not as hard and has tiny microscopic holes to further expose the nerves,” says Eugene Gamble, a periodontics specialist and oral surgeon in the United Kingdom.
Be proactive with your dental health
Being armed with the facts helps you protect and preserve your teeth while being comfortable to eat the food you love. Scheduling regular dental check-ups and daily dental care can help keep your teeth healthy and beautiful for a lifetime.
Don’t just think of the dentist when you have a toothache or need other dental services. No, be proactive and aware that your oral health is a good indicator of your general health. Keeping your teeth clean with daily flossing and brushing and regular visits to the hygienist will go a long way to keeping you healthy.
Since we believe in the importance of good oral health, we want every person in our area to know that the lack of dental insurance doesn’t have to be an obstacle to access dental care. You have options and Danville Family Dentistry is happy to provide a good one. Our popular Smile Savings program has helped many area families get the dental care they want and need. Find out more here.
Disclaimer: The information included in this article is for educational purposes only. It should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.