Hot N Cold: Sensitive Teeth
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First date at your favourite coffee shop? We’re sure a cup of coffee is enough to send shivers through your body! Oh don’t get us all wrong here. We are talking about the shivers you get when the hot coffee touches your nerve endings and sends shivers up your spine from tooth sensitivity.
We’re sorry for breaking it to you but sucking on a ball of crushed ice dipped in flavoured syrups might seem like the perfect idea for summers but hey, since you’ve eroded all your tooth enamel (Hello tooth sensitivity), you can’t brave a kala khatta anymore!
Well, tooth sensitivity is a condition that can be treated and even cured, if you take the right measures.
What are the causes of tooth sensitivity?
Erosion of enamel- Due to imbalanced secretion (too high or too low) of saliva and improper brushing techniques.
Plaque- Not maintaining a proper oral hygiene is the major cause of plaque.
Both these lead to exposure of nerves and hence every time you eat hot or cold foods, it hurts!
Here are 5 home remedies to treat sensitive teeth:
- They say you are what you eat! That holds true for your teeth as well. Control the intake of sugary and acidic foods. Consuming fruit juices and acidic foods—such as oranges and pickles—can put your enamel under constant attack. Also stay away from energy drinks, soda and candies.
- Brush’ em twice! Brush your teeth twice a day to avoid plaque buildup. Use a toothpaste designed specifically for sensitive teeth. A high success rate has been reported by people who used Sensodyne (a renowned oral health brand and one of the best toothpastes for sensitive teeth), just for a few weeks.
- The good old chewing gum! Chewing gums help in the production of saliva and hence re hardening of softened teeth. Note- Don’t chew too hard and use sugarless gums to prevent your teeth from further trouble. And no smacking please!
- Time to hold your brush like a pen rather than a weapon! Use proper brushing techniques to ensure proper cleaning. Make sure that you use a soft tooth brush. Hard ones erode the enamel leading to tooth sensitivity.
- Head to the kitchen! Mix 1 tsp mustard oil and 1 tsp rock salt. Massage for 5 minutes & then leave for 5 minutes. Wash your mouth with normal water. Alternatively, you can wash your mouth with salt water twice a day.
If your teeth hurt when you have extremely hot or cold food, you might want to get yourself checked for tooth sensitivity. And what better way to do it than at the comfort of your home? You could check the sensitivity of your teeth by clicking on this link: http://bit.ly/Sensitivity_Test
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Take care of your body’s hardest part. (Tooth enamel is the hardest part of the body. Harder than your bones.)