The Truth behind Teeth Sensitivity
Have you ever had either a hot or cold drink and your teeth start to hurt after drinking it? It may be because you have sensitive teeth. There are many things that can aggravate your teeth, such as sweet and sour foods or even cold air. So you might be wondering what you can do about sensitive teeth? Our team at Archbold Family Dental will walk you through the causes of sensitive teeth and what you can do about it.
Why You Should Take Care of Your Tooth Enamel
Tooth enamel is the hard, protective layer around your teeth that deals with everything you put them through such as chewing, biting, crunching, and grinding. It can also help insulate your teeth from different temperatures and chemicals. When your enamel erodes, the nerve endings that it was protecting are now exposed, which will make you react more to hot or cold foods, drinks, and sweets.
If you have sensitive teeth, it is most likely possible that some of your enamel has eroded and worn away. Here are some ways you can prevent further damage to your enamel.
Avoid Acidic Foods and Drinks
Sugary drinks like soda or fruit juice contain a lot of sugar. Because bacteria in your mouth thrive on sugar, they make acids that can eat away at your enamel. In addition to not brushing your teeth often or coming in for regular dental cleanings and care, having too many soft drinks can eat away at your enamel.
Sour foods and candies also contain a lot of acids which can contribute to your enamel erosion. Coming in from regular dental cleanings and care as well as brushing your teeth after every time you snack can help in delaying tooth decay and enamel erosion.
Can Whitening Damage My Teeth?
A lot of times we get asked questions from our clients on whether or not teeth whitening can damage their teeth. Teeth whitening, especially when done in-office by a dental professional, is completely safe and instantly effective. Our whitening process will not damage your enamel. Your teeth may be sensitive after the procedure, but this will generally go away within a few days.
If you find that your teeth sensitivity is a little too much for you to handle even after at-home methods, it may be time to visit us. Contact us to schedule a dental appointment so we can get to the bottom of your teeth sensitivity together.