If eating ice cream or drinking hot tea causes you pain or discomfort, you may be suffering from tooth sensitivity.
Here are a few tips from your Van Nuys dentist to help you cope with sensitive teeth:
- Do not use toothpaste with bleach: These type of toothpaste contain phosphates that weaken the enamel and make your teeth both rough and sensitive.
- Follow a daily oral care routine: If you take care of your mouth properly, you will avoid oral pathologies such as tooth sensitivity.
- Use a sensitive toothpaste that protects your teeth from external stimuli.
- Change your conventional toothbrush to one with soft bristles: Remember that when you brush your teeth, you should not put more pressure than necessary.
- Floss at least once a day: Do it gently and don’t be nervous to use it! If you do it too roughly, you can hurt your gums, which will increase your sensitivity.
- Avoid grinding your teeth: Your Van Nuys dentist knows for a fact that anxiety and nerves can lead people to put unwanted pressure on their teeth. Not only does this displaces the jaw, but it also weakens its root, causing sensitivity.
- Lower your sugar intake: Avoid eating candy, cookies, and soda because of sugar sticks to the teeth and weakens the enamel. It is recommended to rinse your mouth with a little water after consuming them to dilute the sweet residue.
- Quit chewing gum: Regardless of the brand, chewing gums are harmful to your teeth because they enable the proliferation of cavities while increasing bacterial plaque and tooth sensitivity.
If you are interested in starting treatment for sensitive teeth, contact your Van Nuys dentist, Dr. Hovsepyan, and she will develop a custom plan for your specific dental needs. (818) 909 - 0200
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