Don’t Let Sensitive Teeth Get You Down

July 1, 2011

Do you experience extreme sensitivity to hot or cold foods when you eat? If so, sensitive teeth are probably adding discomfort to your daily routine.

Understanding common causes of tooth sensitivity can help you alleviate and prevent it. Dr. Brad Greenfield treats patients with tooth sensitivity at his dental office in Lake Orion, Michigan.

Sensitivity in your teeth can happen for several reasons. One reason is from consuming too many acidic foods and drinks. Citrus fruits, tomatoes, and other acid-loaded things can erode your tooth enamel, leaving your teeth more exposed to the wrath of plaque and bacteria. Neutralize the acid by rinsing your mouth with water, chewing sugarless gum, or eating cheese or yogurt after you eat those foods.

Though you might think the harder you brush your teeth, the cleaner they will be, it’s not true. Brushing teeth hard can erode your gums and tooth enamel, leaving the sensitive dentin underneath exposed and sensitive. Gentle brushing several times a day is enough to clean your teeth and gums.

Rinsing with mouthwash kills bacteria and freshens your breath, but acids in certain mouthwashes can also wear down your tooth enamel. Ask Dr. Greenfield which mouthwashes and rinses he suggests to promote quality oral hygiene.

Teeth clenching and grinding, also known as bruxism, can destroy your teeth. Although they are often unconscious habits, grinding and clenching your teeth can do a great number to your oral health and natural tooth structure. Dr. Greenfield can prescribe a nightguard for you to wear to beat your bruxism.

If you are experiencing tooth sensitivity, call Lake Orion Dentistry at (248) 693-6213 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Greenfield. He can give you advice on caring for your teeth and on products that can conservatively and effectively treat your tooth sensitivity.

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