It is very common to suffer from tooth sensitivity, especially when you whiten your teeth, or if you eat acidic foods and drinks regularly. But don’t worry, most people have sensitivity once in a while and it is not a severe health condition! The good thing is that there are ways you can avoid having a toothache due to tooth sensitivity and even some home remedies that can help alleviate the pain.
What is tooth sensitivity?
According to Dr. Alan B. Carr, from the Department of Dental Specialties at Mayo Clinic, “when you have sensitive teeth, certain activities, such as brushing, flossing, eating and drinking, can cause sharp, temporary pain in your teeth. Sensitive teeth are typically the result of worn tooth enamel or exposed tooth roots.”
How can we avoid it?
Some people may have more sensible enamel than others, but there are more factors that can increase this sensitivity. Try to avoid acidic foods and drinks such as citric juices, wines, and sodas – all these drinks erode the enamel without you noticing.
“It also helps to avoid brushing your teeth immediately after eating or drinking acidic substances, since acid softens enamel and makes it more vulnerable to erosion during brushing,” explains Dr. Alan B. Carr.
Also, try to wash your teeth at least three times per day, but remember to use a soft-bristled toothbrush. If you already suffer from tooth sensitivity, stop using whitening products, such as whitening strips, gels, toothpaste, bleaching… those products will only cause you more pain and they can even irritate your gums!
Nutrition is important too. Make sure you include healthy foods such as fish, milk, eggs, and vegetables in general that provide nutrients to your teeth. Those foods include Vitamin A, B, B2, B12, and C, as well as phosphorus, which are essential to ensure an incredibly strong and resistant enamel.