Everyone has experienced toothaches at some point, but when they are brief and intermittent, you may want to exercise all your options before going to the professionals. Here are a few reasons why your teeth may be sensitive, and a few ways you can try to fix it on your own before making an appointment with your dentist.
If you’re having sensitivity issues, you don’t necessarily have to jump to the conclusion of tooth decay. There can be other causes, too. For example, some people brush their teeth too hard or too often. This hurts the enamel, making your teeth extra sensitive to heat and cold. To avoid this, make sure your toothbrush bristles aren’t too hard and that you’re waiting at least 30 minutes after you eat to brush your teeth.
Watch what you Eat
If you’re an avid drinker of anything with a high acid level, such as coffee, soda, tea, juice, wine, and energy drinks, the acid has the same effect on your enamel as brushing too hard and will result in sensitive teeth. Cutting these out of your diet can be difficult but cleaning your teeth after consuming one of these drinks can reduce their effect. It’s also important to avoid acidic foods as well. Anything with tomatoes, oranges, and lemons etc. in it can also hurt your teeth.
Use the Right Products
Lastly, your sensitive teeth may be a result of overusing teeth-whiteners. The ingredients are strong enough to both strip away stains and your enamel layer. Be judicious with your use of teeth-whitener and purchase a toothpaste that is made specifically for sensitive teeth.
If you follow these tips and your sensitivity still persists, be sure to consult with your dentist, or visit Out of this World Dentistry.