If you have ever felt a sudden “zing” after your teeth, after your teeth to hot or cold temperatures, this could be an indicator that you have sensitive teeth. For many individuals, sensitivity is not a pleasant experience and can occur for several different reasons. If you are brushing your teeth too hard or are frequently grinding your teeth, sensitivity may result. Even age and certain dental treatments can even be causes of sensitivity, as well.
If sensitivity seems to be more frequent and doesn’t subside, it may make eating or drinking difficult or even frustrating. In efforts to try and decrease any sensitivity, it can help to first try brushing with a soft bristled toothbrush and use desensitizing toothpaste such as Sensodyne.
Additionally, try and avoid any chewing on ice or highly acidic foods and drinks such as fruit juices, sodas, red wine or coffee, as these can irritate the teeth causing sensitivity..
If you are looking for foods to eat, there are quite a lot of options! Foods that are moderate in temperature would do well for you if extreme hot or cold temperatures bother you. For example, a pasta dish after cooled to a moderate temperature for a lunch or dinner option. For breakfast, you could even try toast, as this shouldn’t bother your teeth! In certain cases, softer foods like mashed potatoes may work as well if you have sensitivity when you bite down on your teeth.
Should your sensitivity increase over time, you may want to consider speaking with a dentist. A dentist will be able to help identify what is causing any sensitivity issues by performing an evaluation. During the evaluation, certain tests may be done to check for hot and cold sensitivity. Since some sensitivity can be an indicator for dental treatment, the dentist may recommend possible treatments.
If you have sensitivity and have questions or concerns or are looking for a Richmond, VA dentist who can help, please contact River Run Dental Spa today. We would be more than happy to schedule you for an appointment as soon as possible!