Overcoming Tooth Sensitivity

If foods that happen to have an extreme temperature (ex: ice cream, soup, etc) make your teeth feel uncomfortable, you aren’t alone. Tooth sensitivity is something that affects many people and is caused when dentin (a soft layer of the teeth) which connects the roots of your teeth to the nerve, is exposed.

Here are some tips to help you overcome the discomfort caused by sensitive teeth.

“Avoid Acidic Foods – Acidic foods and drinks such as pop, lemons, and oranges can cause decay and erosion. If acidic foods are unavoidable, minimize the contact by using straws and drinking milk.

Brush Smart, not Hard – Some brush hard thinking they’ll get more tartar and plaque off that way. Others brush fast and vigorously because they are in a hurry. Regardless, slow down and brush carefully. Brush around the gum line in a back and forth motion to preserve gum tissue.”

In addition to following these tips make sure to visit your Ottawa dentist regularly as they will be able to help assess if the tooth sensitivity is related to a more serious issue. If it is, they will be able to diagnose and remedy the issue quickly and effectively.

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