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Why let your teeth decide what snacks you can and cannot have? Ice cream and hot chocolate should be devoured at the ready despite sensitive teeth. Sensitive teeth are common and is the result of exposed dentin which houses tubules and dental nerves. These dental nerves are engaged when hot or cold beverages and drinks come into contact with the teeth.

The dentist at Spath Dentistry can help you make the best decisions when it comes to your sensitive teeth.

How Acidic Beverages Make a Difference

Food and drinks that contain high levels of acids are a major contributor to sensitive teeth and overall cavities. Some of our very favorites treats can be the ones causing the most damage. Coffee, soda, and wine are all players the can lead to damaged tooth enamel. In order to prevent further damage to your teeth enamel try to limit or completely omit food and drinks that contain acid. If you’re an avid coffee drinker, or find it challenging to omit these from your daily routine try to use a straw when drinking as it will limit the amount of contact the liquid has with the teeth. Additionally, if able try and rinse your mouth out with water or brush after consuming items that are acidic.

Which toothpaste is the right toothpaste?

Have you ever walked down the toothpaste aisle and been downright confused or overwhelmed? There are so many kinds of toothpaste out there and they all seem to be a different flavor or help in different ways. So which toothpaste is right for you and your sensitive teeth? Look for a specific toothpaste that contains elements like fluoride and potassium nitrate. Fluoride helps build new enamel for your teeth that will be damage resistant. Potassium nitrate helps decrease the sensitivity by blocking the exposed tubules in teeth. Sensitivity toothpaste should be used continually to help rebuild enamel and strengthen your teeth over time.

Oral Hygiene is everything..

Oral hygiene doesn’t have to stop just because your teeth are too sensitive. Stopping oral hygiene can lead to plaque build-up which will cause the gums to recede and expose more of the tooth. Greater tooth exposure only leased to a higher chance of sensitivity. There are ways to decrease sensitivity during your oral hygiene routine, like opting for a soft bristle toothbrush and soft floss. Soft bristle brushes are a great tool for sensitive teeth coupled with a good brushing routine that isn’t too vigorous. A vigorous brush technique can damage tooth enamel not matter how soft the bristles may be. It’s essential to remember to brush and floss every day so that your teeth and gums can be in optimum health!

Teeth Grinding in Your sleep?

Do you often wake up with a headache or sore jaw? Are you questioning why your teeth wear more easily than family or friends? It’s entirely possible you’re grinding your teeth when you sleep and have no idea it’s happening. Teeth grinding also referred to as bruxism leads to significant damage to your teeth enamel. The perfect preventive to this pesky problem is to wear a mouthguard. This mouthguard not only helps wear and tear on your enamel it also helps your jaw, muscles, and tendons surrounding the jaw which will improve overall functionality.

 

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