Look after Your Teeth
It’s so important to take care of your teeth. Make sure you have a good dental routine and brush, floss and rinse on a daily basis. Ensure you are using the right techniques by discussing these with your dental hygienist. When cleaning your teeth you should be thorough to clean your entire mouth. Have the right equipment for the job and use a soft toothbrush to gently brush being cautious of your gums so as not to damage them. You can use toothpaste that is specifically for sensitive teeth. Try out different ones to see which offers the most relief. Following this you should rinse with mouthwash that contains fluoride and antiseptic. Dental products containing fluoride are essential for treating sensitive teeth. Your dentist will be able to advise which products might be best for you.
Think about What You Eat
Consider everything you eat as you don’t want to trigger your tooth sensitivity further. Highly acidic foods and drinks such as citrus fruits, tomato based foods, coffee and wine should be avoided. Acidic foods weaken tooth enamel, which leads to sensitivity. Your teeth may feel sensitive after a dental procedure such as wisdom tooth extraction so soft foods are great to help with the recovery. Watching what you eat can help alleviate symptoms.
Stop Grinding Your Teeth
Grinding your teeth is a terrible habit for your teeth. It could be related to stress, anxiety or may only happen at night. Get to the cause of the problem and make sure you nip it in the bud. If you’re having trouble at night, wear a mouth guard to prevent you from grinding your teeth. This habit wears down your tooth enamel which exposes the dentine. When you eat hot, cold, sweet or acidic foods you will experience this sensitivity.
Regular Dental Check Ups
You should be seeing your dentist every 6 months regardless of any dental issues for the best form of prevention. However, if you experience tooth sensitivity you may need to see your dentist more often to address the cause of the problem. Your dentist can advise you on what products to use, dental hygiene practices and ways to stop grinding your teeth if this is a problem. If you just use products designed for sensitive teeth then you aren’t addressing the source of the problem. The dentist can advise what is causing the sensitivity and offer dental treatment in some cases.
You can experience tooth sensitivity for a number of reasons so it’s always best to check in with your dentist to find the cause of the problem. Your dentist can advise if any dental treatment is necessary. Otherwise using products specifically designed for sensitive teeth can help. Avoiding acidic foods and teeth grinding is advisable. Maintaining dental hygiene is essential to prevent and treat oral health problems.
Dr Paulo Pinho at Widsom Teeth Professionals Sydney has extensive training in oral surgery, including the removal of wisdom teeth. Dr Pinho also has developed a great protocol to prevent and treat dry sockets. To learn more, call Dr Paulo Pinho at Wisdom Teeth Professionals in Sydney on 1300 217 858.
The information contained in this article is intended to give you general information and it is not intended to replace professional medical advice.