Dealing with Sensitivity to Hot and Cold
Tooth sensitivity is an uncomfortable problem that affects a large number of people. It can be caused by worn enamel or a receding gum line. In some cases, it can also be caused by dental disease. Dr. Frame, our dentist in Santa Clara, can evaluate your affected tooth or teeth and make personalized recommendations for treating or managing the issue. In the meantime, you can take steps to restore comfort to your smile.
1. Practice good dental habits.
Brushing with a soft-bristled brush minimizes gum irritation and enamel wear. Use fluoride toothpaste that has been specifically formulated for sensitive teeth. The desensitizing formulas can help combat the pain and strengthen your teeth. After you floss, finish with a swish of fluoridated mouthwash.
2. Avoid problem foods.
Acidic foods and beverages such as citrus, juices, energy drinks and sodas can make tooth sensitivity worse. Limit your intake of these items, or skip them entirely. Do not brush after consuming acidic products, but instead wait about half an hour to give your teeth a chance to remineralize.
3. Protect your teeth.
If you grind your teeth, a custom mouth guard can reduce the damage and discomfort.
If conservative at-home options fail to provide you with the relief you need or if the sensitivity is becoming worse over time, an evaluation of your teeth and gums may be necessary to determine the underlying cause of your sensitivity and the best treatment. Give us a call today to find out more or to schedule your appointment with our dentist in Santa Clara.
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