A growing number of people are suffering from tooth sensitivity, due to growing prevalence of acidic beverages and harsh, abrasive whitening products. If your teeth are bothering you, there are steps you can take that will ease your discomfort.
Unfortunately, some of our favorite foods can be hard on our teeth in more ways than one. We all know that sugary foods can promote cavities. On the other hand, certain acidic foods and beverages can cause enamel erosion, which will ultimately promote tooth sensitivity. These include:
If you want to avoid enamel erosion, consume these foods and drinks infrequently. Additionally, you can limit sensitivity by using a straw to drink acidic beverages.
Toothpaste is an important asset that can help prevent cavities and gum disease by eliminating plaque and tarter buildup. Unfortunately, in some instances, it can also cause problems. Many toothpastes that offer whitening agents, baking soda or tartar-control contain phosphates which can promote tooth sensitivity. If your teeth are bothering you, choose a toothpaste which contains potassium nitrate. This ingredient effectively blocks receptors in our mouths which transmit cold and hot signals as pain.
Over-the-counter whitening treatments are known to promote tooth sensitivity. Because they are relatively harsh, whitening agents have the potential to cause problems, especially in the hands of an inexperienced person. Invariably, you’re better off seeking cosmetic whitening treatments from a professional, who can effectively apply the treatment for as long as necessary, and no longer.
Drs. Ken and Marnie Collins provide their patients with safe, effective teeth whitening treatments that offer stunning results without the tooth sensitivity that can come from over-the-counter whitening products. To learn more, contact their office today.
Or office in Spokane is located at:
3151 E. 28th Ave.
Spokane, WA 99223
Office phone # 509-368-7788