Do your teeth start to tingle or hurt at the mere sight of ice cream? Teeth can become sensitive when your surface enamel wears down, exposing the soft inner layer known as dentin. Here at the office of Ted French, DDS, we know that sensitive teeth can be a burden, especially if you enjoy sweets, citrus, or chilled drinks. Here are a few tips on how you can reduce your tooth sensitivity.
Cut Down on Acidic Foods
Acid wears heavily on your enamel and causes further sensitivity. Limit the acidity in your diet by cutting down on certain foods, including:
- Citrus fruits and juices
- Sports drinks
- Pickled items
Change Your Brushing Technique
Vigorous brushing is not an effective way to clean. In fact, it increases tooth sensitivity by wearing on your enamel and potentially damaging your dentin layer. Teeth with receding gums are particularly prone to damage. Try using a soft-bristled toothbrush, and clean your teeth in a light scrubbing motion with short strokes rather than long sawing passes.
Most people who grind their teeth rarely realize that they are doing it, mainly because it typically occurs while they are asleep. It is also a habit that accompanies stress. By any means, grinding can wreak serious havoc on your enamel. Try to catch your clenching before it turns into grinding. If you notice jaw pain or accompanying headaches, consider wearing a mouth guard while you sleep.
Change Your Toothpaste
Some toothpaste products are designed to reduce sensitivity by creating a coating over the effected surface. Potassium nitrate is an added ingredient that helps protect the dentin structure.
When in doubt, or if other remedies have failed, it’s best to visit a dentist who can identify the exact cause and location of your tooth sensitivity. For questions about in-office coatings or desensitizers, call us at (817) 461-2843. A premier Arlington dentist, Ted French, DDS, can help you find relief.