pDo you hesitate before diving into that delicious bowl of ice cream because you are afraid of a searing pain in your teeth? Is a cup of hot tea, not your cup of tea? You may suffer from teeth sensitivity. According to a survey of U.S. dental offices, 1 in 8 adults may suffer from tooth sensitivity.
Tooth decay (cavities), gum disease and exposed roots all may lead to sensitive teeth, according to the American Dental Association. There are ways to prevent and treat this common affliction.
At Smile Center Dental, we recommend following these four tips to prevent tooth sensitivity.
1. Brush frequently
Regular brushing is the time-tested method to prevent tooth decay and tooth sensitivity. Keep your brushing routine exciting by checking out different ADA-approved toothpaste options.
2. Floss regularly
Flossing reaches the crevices that your brush can’t reach. Regular flossing keeps plaque build-up and tooth decay at bay.
3. Perfect your brushing technique
Brushing too hard can lead to receding gums and wearing down teeth enamel. Perfect your brushing technique, and consider splurging for an electronic toothbrush.
4. Rinse after eating or drinking acidic foods
After your morning coffee, take a minute to rinse your mouth. Acidic beverages and foods can erode tooth enamel, so the simple act of rinsing will help you avoid tooth sensitivity.
Even if you follow these prevention strategies, tooth sensitivities may occur. To treat your sensitive teeth, consider using desensitizing toothpaste, and be sure to talk with us. We look forward to discussing treatment options at your next appointment.
With six convenient locations, Smile Center Dental has kept Austin-area families smiling since 1997. Office locations include Airport, Oltorf, N. Lamar, Round Rock, 290/Cameron and Stassney. Schedule your appointment today!