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Are Your Good Habits Making Your Tooth Sensitivity Worse?


If you currently suffer with sensitive teeth, you are well aware of how immense invisible pain can be. Trying to avoid the foods, drinks, and temperatures that send your teeth into a tizzy can be highly overwhelming and disappointing to the palette. There may be other ways to reduce the sensitivity within your mouth, and it could come down to undoing some of your daily habits.

There is Such a Thing as Too Much of a Good Thing Mouthwash has long been touted as an excellent defense against bacteria and bad breath. Furthermore, today’s mouthwashes also help to prevent decay, plaque buildup, and can rinse away food particles missed when brushing. The good news ends there, however. Mouthwash on occasion or even as a daily practice is fine, but when a person goes overboard they face the risk of increased sensitivity. Why? Many of the most common over-the-counter mouthwashes include acidic ingredients that can actually harm the enamel over time, which leaves you more susceptible to sensitivity.

Good for Your Wasteline, Bad for Your Mouth Just as the acid in some mouthwashes can wear down enamel, so too can the acidic nature of many popular, and otherwise healthy foods. Any San Antonio dentist will point out the dangers of acid when it comes to tooth health. Do you love to munch on tomatoes straight from the garden? Have you made friends cringe while sucking on a lemon or lime? Do your favorite beverages fall into the category of ‘soft drink’ or ‘energy beverage’? All of these edibles (or drinkables) are among those high in acidity. Soft drinks, even those of the diet-friendly variety, are a major offender, as are the sports drinks made popular on athletic fields throughout the country. Because people tend to sip on them slowly, throughout the day, they are consistently bathing their teeth in the enamel-eater.

Fortunately, even people with sensitive teeth can still enjoy acidic foods and beverages. They just have to be careful in how they consume. You can too; just limit the amount of acid you consume, drink your soda during your meal, and follow all of it with a few sips of plain water.

Scrub; Don’t Scour Have you ever noticed that there is one person in the family that goes through toothbrushes much faster than everyone else? When this occurs, it is for one of two reasons. Either the person is biting on the brush while cleaning his teeth, or he is brushing too hard. While brushing is important, doing it too often or with too much vigor can actually damage the enamel and that leaves the brusher at an increased risk of sensitivity.

Quit the Right Way Even people who have made the very honorable decision to quit smoking can actually be increasing the sensitivity of their teeth. That is not to say that the person should light up again, but rather he should look at the methods he uses to overcome urges to smoke. Many turn to hard candies, lollipops, or even biting on ice to keep the mouth busy until the desire for a cigarette passes. Unfortunately, the preventative measure that involves chomping on hard objects can cause microscopic cracks in the teeth, which, in turn, increases sensitivity. A small crack can expand as well, leaving one in need of emergency dental care in San Antonio.

Daniela Dental
6415 Babcock Rd. #105
San Antonio, Texas 78249
(210) 696-8050

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