Sensitive teeth can be caused by a number of issues and may be especially troublesome when drinking and eating hot or cold foods. Here are a couple of changes to your routine that may make a difference:
- Firstly and most importantly, get it checked by your dentist to make sure you do not have gum disease of tooth decay or any other issues that he/she will need to treat.
- Change your toothbrush to a softer one. Aggressive brushing can cause sensitivity as well as gum recession exposing roots and making teeth sensitive.
- Avoid acidic foods such as carbonated drinks, coffee and citrus fruits which can affect the enamel. Sports drinks are especially noted for causing sensitivity and erosion.
- Ask your dentist about a mouth guard. Tooth sensitivity can be caused by grinding teeth at night (bruxism). A mouth guard will stop teeth from grinding against each other.
- Use a toothpaste and mouthwash designed for reducing sensitivity of teeth. These products contain more fluoride as well as other sensitive-reducing ingredients. There are also some good re-mineralising toothpastes on the market for those who prefer not to use fluoride-based products.
If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us as we are always happy to help.