Top tips to enjoy your ice cream this summer
Summer is definitely on its way. As the days get longer and the temperature rises, when looking to cool down or on a day trip, there is nothing better than an ice-cream. But what do you do if just the sight of an ice-cream sets your teeth on edge?
Here at Writtle Dental Practice we have come up with 5 top tips to avoid tooth sensitivity this summer.
- 1. Choose a soft bristled toothbrush, as this will reduce the risk of gum recession and the loss of tooth enamel caused by vigorous brushing. Brushing too hard can wear away the enamel on your teeth and abrade the gums causing recession and exposure of the sensitive dentine.
- 2. Use a fluoride toothpaste that contains a desensitizing agent to protect the enamel and root surface of your teeth. Sensitive toothpastes can help to block nerve channels and so reduce the risk of experiencing sensitivity. It is important to remember that you will only experience the benefits for as long as you use the toothpaste.
- 3. Limit acid foods and drinks to meal times. Each time you eat acidic foods and drinks your teeth are subjected to an acid attack. It takes around an hour for your saliva to return the pH in your mouth to its natural level. When you drink acidic liquids, use a straw to limit contact with your teeth. 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.
- 4. If you are considering teeth whitening, you may want to consider using a sensitive toothpaste for two weeks prior to the whitening treatment to help protect your teeth. Sensitive toothpaste can also be placed into the whitening trays in between treatments to help reduce sensitivity.
- 5. If your teeth are very sensitive it may be necessary to attend for an appointment with the dentist. They will be able to advise on the best possible treatment, possibly a fluoride varnish, a sealant to cover the exposed tooth roots or root canal treatment. The dentist may also recommend a mouth guard if the sensitivity is caused by teeth grinding.
If you are concerned about sensitive teeth, call Writtle Dental Practice on 01245 421781 and book a consultation today.