Are your teeth sensitive every time you drink something cold, eat some Ice cream or frozen yogurt? How about when you brush and floss? You could be suffering from tooth sensitivity. There are steps you can take to help and improve the health of your mouth.
What are some of the causes?
You may be brushing with too much force or with a tooth brush that is too hard.
Over time you can wear down the outer protective layers of your teeth exposing the more sensitive parts of a tooth. Once this protective covering is gone hot, cold, sweet or sour foods can cause discomfort. The simple solution to this is switching to a soft tooth brush and brushing more gently.
Your food or drink is acidic
Some foods like tomato sauce and salsa as well as fruits like oranges and grapefruit can cause sensitivity. Sports drinks or soda are another source of acidic things that should be avoided.
Grinding your teeth
Even though it is the strongest substance in the body grinding your teeth can wear down the enamel. When this happens the middle layer of the tooth is exposed. Once exposed this layer can be sensitive to all sorts of things. Even just chewing can make the tooth sensitive. Grinding can also bruise the ligament that hold the tooth to the jaw which can cause the tooth to be sensitive.
Whitening toothpaste and Mouthwash
Not all toothpaste and mouthwash is the same. Some companies add chemicals and whiteners to tooth paste that can result in sensitivity. Mouthwash may contain these chemical as well or have high amounts of alcohol. Switching to brands without whiteners or alcohol may help.
Gum Disease and Receding Gums
As we age changes occur in our gums. Excessive amounts of plaque can cause gum disease which could lead to sensitivity or worse such as tooth loss. It may also lead to receding gums. When gums recede the more sensitive root area of the tooth is exposed. Once this occurs not only is the tooth sensitive it is more prone to root decay. The solution for this is to maintain good daily hygiene habits of brushing and flossing and seeing your dentist regularly for cleanings.
These are just a few of the causes and some solutions to lessen tooth sensitivity and improve your oral health.
Rest assured the dental team at Drs. Lerner and Lemongello’s office is available to ensure your comfort and safety and are available to answer any of your concerns. So whether it is for a dental check up, a simple tooth restoration, a smile makeover, dental implants, or complete mouth restorations our team is ready to help you achieve the smile you deserve and the dental heath you want.
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Juices vs. Your Teeth. It is important to consume adequate amounts of fruits and vegetables. These food groups provide vital nutrients that allow your body to function at its best. Multiple studies have shown that orange juice, lemon juice and grapefruit juice all can be acidic and harmful to your teeth. It is possible for these acids to harm not only your teeth but dental restorations as well. These fruits are important parts of your overall diet but limiting the amount of citric juice intake to once or twice a day is recommended. In our office we recommend you avoid sipping on acidic liquids all day long. Using a straw to avoid contact with the teeth and gently rinsing your mouth with water after drinking acidic juices is a way to reduce your risk. This way you can keep your smile looking healthy for years to come.
Sports Drinks vs. Your Teeth. Sports drinks and energy drinks might seem like healthy alternatives to soda, but they are not healthier for your teeth. In our office we often see damage to the teeth and smile due to sports drinks. A new study from New York University College of Dentistry shows that sports drinks contain high levels of acids that may be linked to a condition called erosive tooth wear. In just 90 minutes of exposure to sports drinks over the course of a day the enamel coating on the teeth can be damaged and the teeth weakened. This can lead to tooth decay or erosion and the need for restoration.
Soda vs. Your teeth. In our office we often see the damage to teeth caused by soft drinks. Most people seem to be aware of the damaging effect of soft drinks on their teeth but are not concerned by it. According to the American Dental Association, Americans drink more than53 gallons of soft drinks per person per year. Some soft drinks contain more than 11 spoonfuls of sugar which is used by the bacteria in your mouth to cause decay. Of greater concern is dental erosion which is caused by acids in soda such as carbonic acid, citric acid, and phosphoric acid. You have seen what happens to a penny when you soak it in soda for a few hours. Over time these acids can damage the enamel of your teeth and lead to decay and need to restore those cavities. If a beautiful, healthy smile is your goal than avoiding soda is a good idea.