Every footprint in the sand is unique – much like each person’s set of teeth. Some experience sensitivity, while others are prone to dry mouth.
Here’s how to deal with common tooth troubles:
Tooth Sensitivity: Sensitive teeth are a common issue for many people. The problem is usually due to exposed dentin, making teeth more vulnerable to pain. Hot drinks and cold air can further aggravate tender teeth.
Try This: Breathing in outside air can make teeth even more sensitive. If you’re outside, try breathing through your nose and out through your mouth. Your lips, tongue and cheek will keep your teeth insulated. If you’re craving a hot beverage, enjoy it through a straw to minimize teeth contact. Call your dentist if your tooth sensitivity continues.
Dry Mouth: When you have a cold your nose is stuffed up, forcing you to breathe through your mouth. Excessive mouth breathing creates a dry mouth. And, a dry mouth can increase your chance of developing dental decay and other mouth infections.
Try This: Drink water regularly and chew sugarless gum to keep your mouth moist. You should also try limiting your caffeine intake. Caffeine acts as a diuretic, causing the body to lose water and thus contributing to dry mouth. If you experience dry mouth year-round, make an appointment with your dentist.
Keep up with your oral health routine for a sparkling smile that lasts a lifetime!