The ODA has tips to treat sensitive teeth
TORONTO, July 23 /CNW/ - The Ontario Dental Association (ODA) wants to
protect your sensitive teeth this summer. Ice cream headaches and tooth
pain from cold treats can put a chill on summer fun.
"An ice cream headache, though momentarily painful, is a harmless
condition that lasts about 30 seconds to a minute, " says Dr. Lynn
Tomkins, President of the ODA. "While ice cream headaches should not
incite worry, a real concern is tooth sensitivity, sometimes making
eating an unpleasant experience."
Tooth sensitivity can occur from consuming cold food and liquids and
breathing cold air. Tooth sensitivity often occurs because the gums
start to recede and tooth roots are exposed.
In order to protect gums and teeth from sensitivity, the ODA recommends
the following measures:
Apply gentle pressure when brushing teeth. Too much pressure over time
from tooth brushing can cause significant gum recession and wearing
down of the teeth.
Take two to three minutes to properly brush all tooth surfaces.
Make sure you floss. Flossing reaches 35 percent of tooth surfaces
where brushing cannot reach.
Use toothpaste for sensitive teeth. Over time, this will help to
reduce sensitive tooth nerves.
Use a fluoride mouthwash, which can help to reduce tooth sensitivity.
Cut down on acidic foods. Foods such as citrus, pop, and tea can
increase sensitivity and work against sensitivity toothpaste.
"If these measures don't relieve the pain, you may be experiencing signs
of deeper decay," says Dr. Tomkins. "If you're experiencing pain, it's
important to go see a dentist who will do a full exam, and give you a
diagnosis and treatment plan."
For more information about tooth decay and other oral health conditions,
SOURCE Ontario Dental Association
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