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Sensitive teeth that are painful happen when the surface enamel that protects the tooth wears thin, or when the roots become exposed due to receding gums.

 

After this occurs, food and drink that is hot, cold, sweet or acidic can cause pain or minor discomfort. Even breathing in cold air can become bothersome.

 

To keep your teeth from becoming sensitive and from losing the enamel covering teeth, stay away from these three things:

 

No Forceful Brushing:

 

Many people who suffer from retracting gum lines do so because of brushing their teeth too vigorously. This may also cause the loss of enamel on the actual surface of the tooth, not just the gums. Take it easy on your teeth and gums by using a water jet toothbrush or a soft-bristled toothbrush, and simply implementing a softer touch.

 

Avoid the Acid in Soda Pop and Sugary Drinks

 

Drinking colas and other sugary soda products, even natural fruit juices have been the cause an abundance of enamel loss because of the acidity. But since pop and juice is not disappearing anytime soon, this is what you can do instead of giving them up… Use a straw! A straw will deliver the destructive drink past your pearly whites and send it directly down where it can do its damage to other parts of your body. As long as it doesn’t touch your teeth, you’ll keep your enamel.

 

Stop Ice Crunching

 

Being without calories, sugar and acid-free, ice cannot harm you if eaten. Although, crunching on it may crack your teeth. There are a lot more ice crunchers out there than you may know. Don’t be one!

 

If you have sensitive teeth, Dr. Chet B. Hawkins would be delighted to see you for evaluation. Call us with any questions at: 281-488-4242, or come in anytime at Chet B. Hawkins DDS Inc in Houston, Texas.