If consuming something hot, cold, sweet or sour cause your teeth to hurt, it is possible that you have sensitive teeth. One of the common reasons why people have sensitive teeth is because their enamel has worn away.
The enamel is the hard, protective layer which helps your teeth handle anything you put them through. When it’s gone, however, the nerve endings are exposed and cause pain.
In order to prevent or reduce the damage, use these helpful tips:
- Avoid brushing your teeth too hard. Brushing your teeth too hard can result in more than removing plaque. It can actually wither your enamel faster. Use a soft-bristled brush and brush at a 45-degreee angle to your gum to maintain your enamel’s strength and health.
- Do not consume acidic foods and drinks. Instead, try snacking on fruits, vegetables, milk, cheese, or plain yogurt. These foods will moisten your mouth, produce ample amounts of saliva, and help combat acid and bacteria that can damage your teeth.
- Avoid grinding your teeth. Teeth clenching wears your enamel down.
- Give bleaching your teeth a rest. Perhaps your quest for pearly white teeth are to blame. However, sensitivity is often temporary. Speak with your dentist to see how the treatment is affecting your enamel.
If your teeth hurt whenever you consume something hot, cold, sweet or sour, talk to our Austell dentist at Austell Dental Associates about the possibility you have sensitive teeth. More than 50 years of experience!