Mother Nature is a little sensitive this time of year as frigid temperatures fill the air and snowflakes fall from the sky. Unfortunately, Mother Nature’s winter mood swings can lead to uncomfortable tooth sensitivity.
The science behind tooth sensitivity is due to the exposure of dentin, the part of the tooth that covers the nerve. The exposed nerve endings lead to the discomfort you feel when you inhale a breath of chilly air or take a sip of an ice-cold beverage.
Don’t let the winter weather hinder your holiday spirit and leave you with chattering teeth!
Here are some solutions to help you say “Sayonara” to sensitivity.
* Avoid over-brushing. Dentists advise people with sensitive teeth to brush gently with a soft bristled toothbrush.
* Steer clear from beverages with high acid and sugar levels. Drinks such as sodas, coffee, tea, juices, and wine should be consumed in moderation. If you must have a soda, make sure to use a straw.
* Change your toothpaste. Desensitizing toothpaste is ideal to help ease the discomfort of tooth sensitivity.
* Avoid tooth-whitening products. Teeth can also become aggravated if you overuse tooth-whitening agents, which contain harsh ingredients to strip away stains.
If you’re experiencing severe pain, talk with your dentist about possible varnish options to strengthen enamel and dentin. Ditch the sensitivity and replace it with a smile!