What can be done about sensitive teeth?

Article written byElite Dental Group

Sensitive teeth can mean avoiding hot or cold foods and in some cases sweet or sour foods. Understanding the reasons behind sensitive teeth can help patients manage their symptoms.

To ensure already sensitive teeth remain healthy, it is important to protect one’s teeth enamel. Teeth enamel is a hard protective layer that protects a tooth’s nerve endings. If a person’s enamel is damaged their nerve endings will be exposed, causing sensitivity.

To reduce damage, it is important to clean teeth gently. Side to side brushing is known to cause enamel damage compared to brushing in a circular gentle motion. Dentists also advise using soft bristle toothbrushes and working the brush at a 45-degree angle to keep teeth and enamel strong.

Avoid eating acidic foods like sodas, sticky candy and high-sugar carbs. Instead, opt for fiber-rich fruits, vegetables, and dairy products. To fight acid and bacteria always stay hydrated which increases saliva production.

Another problem that can aggravate sensitive teeth is teeth grinding. Over time teeth grinding will wear through teeth enamel and damage teeth. To reduce teeth grinding patients will have to address their stress levels while consulting a dentist on creating a mouth guard to stop grinding while they sleep.

Sensitivity can also be aggravated by bleaching. Some teeth bleaching products especially over-the-counter varieties can be strong and may require several applications to achieve desired results. If your bleaching habits are the result of your sensitivity, stop whitening your teeth and consider consulting a dentist who can offer professional in-office whitening procedures.

Dr. Andre Eliasian is one of the leading dentists in oral surgery in Glendale CA. His clinic offers several services which include fillings, tooth extractions, and complex oral surgeries. If you are looking for wisdom tooth extraction in Glendale or dental implants in Glendale call for an appointment.

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