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Last Updated on June 24, 2019 by Ellen Christian
I’m not sure when I first noticed that my teeth were sensitive to cold. I do remember enjoying an ice cream cone with the kids and nearly jumping out of the chair at the pain of that ice cream against my teeth. Since then, I have started to be more careful about what I eat. I avoid very cold foods and when I do enjoy them, I enjoy them in tiny bites and avoid the spots on my teeth that I know are most sensitive.
Tooth Sensitivity and How to Manage
There are many different things that can cause tooth sensitivity. For me, the cause is a receding gum line that has exposed the layer of tooth underneath the enamel (dentin). Tiny tubules that lead to the tooth nerve are unprotected. A few other causes include brushing too hard, tooth decay, cracked teeth and gum disease. Whatever the cause, the pain is generally the same. Some people experience tooth sensitivity with hot foods and some with sweet our sour foods. I even experience tooth sensitivity in the winter when it’s really cold out and I breathe in cold air. That is definitely not fun considering how long and cold our winters are.
Here are some ways that you can manage tooth sensitivity that are working for me.
- Have good oral hygiene. Don’t let the damage get any worse. Make sure you brush and floss regularly.
- Use a soft bristle brush. Tooth brushes with harder bristles can aggravate your gums and your teeth.
- Avoid foods high in acid. Foods that are high in acid can wear off the enamel of your teeth which may make tooth sensitivity worse.
- Wear a mouth guard if you grind your teeth. Grinding your teeth can make your teeth more sensitive.
- Seen your dentist at regular intervals for cleaning and fluoride treatments.
- Try new Crest Sensi-Stop Strips available at Walmart.
Crest Sensi-Stop Strips use a new breakthrough technology for tooth sensitivity. They deliver the key ingredient for 10 minutes right where it’s needed to provide relief from sensitivity and up to one month of protection. The Crest Sensi-Stop Strips are different from sensitivity toothpaste because they provide relief immediately after using one strip. Plus, the protection lasts for up to one month. You receive 6 strips in a package which is enough for up to 6 months of protection.
I used the first strip last night after enjoying a homemade popsicle and I really did feel a difference! The Crest Sensi-Stop Strips are easy to use. You just apply the gel side of the strip to cover the outer area of where your tooth is sensitive. Wear it for 10 minutes and then remove it. You should not eat, drink or brush for 30 minutes after that.
I’ll be back in about a month to share how these are working for me!
Ellen is a busy mom of a 22-year-old son and 27-year-old daughter. She owns 5 blogs and is addicted to social media. She believes that it doesn’t have to be difficult to lead a healthy life. She shares simple healthy living tips to show busy women how to lead fulfilling lives. If you’d like to work together, email firstname.lastname@example.org to chat.