If biting into an ice cream cone or sipping a hot cup of coffee has you seeing stars, then you might be one of the approximately 40 million Americans suffering from teeth sensitivity. What causes tooth sensitivity? When the dentin on your tooth becomes exposed, the nerve endings may become sensitized.
Here are some ways to avoid tooth sensitivity:
- Regularly brushing and flossing helps prevent your gums from receding and exposing dentin.
- Choose a toothbrush that’s not too hard and don’t over brush your teeth.
- Avoid highly acidic foods and beverages.
- See your dentist regularly to check for tooth decay, broken fillings or other dental problems.
- Bleaching your teeth too often may increase sensitivity.
If you are experiencing sensitivity, try using desensitizing toothpaste such as Sensodyne for about two weeks. If sensitivity persists, see your dentist to make sure there is no dental disease. Your dentist may also have other desensitizers or coatings that can be applied to the exposed root. With the right treatment you can get back to eating your favorite flavor of ice cream before the summer arrives!