Tips for Managing Tooth Sensitivity to Hot
If you have sensitivity teeth, these everyday hot foods and drinks, like a sip of hot coffee or a spoonful of soup, can unexpectedly triggers jolt of pain fast. This is a result of enamel wearing away over time, exposing the soft, inner part of the tooth, where the nerves live. Certain triggers, like hot food and drinks, can aggravate these nerves causing sensitivity.
Here are a few tips on how to manage your sensitivity teeth to hot foods and drinks.
Beat the heat
Keep your sensitive teeth away, having in mind the following recommendations.
Tips for eating & drinking
- Before taking a sip or bite of something hot, let it sit for a few minutes to reach room temperature.
- Add an ice cube to hot drinks and soups to help cool them off.
- Pair hot foods and drinks that are acidic like tomato soup or lemon tea, with nonacidic foods like cheese, water or bread. An acidic diet can contribute to enamel erosion and to
Ways to update oral care routine
- Brush twice a day with a toothpaste that provides 24/7 sensitivity protection, like Sensodyne for lasting relief.
- Avoid brushing for 30 minutes to 1 hour after eating of drinking acidic foods. This is when tooth enamel is at its softest, making it more vulnerable to eroding.
- Talk to your dentist about an in-office fluoride treatment to help decrease sensitivity and strengthen your enamel.