Preserve that smile and fight #Tooth Sensitivity
My friend Sheena and I are food-o-holics. Yes, if there is word that is above being a mere foodie, then that is what we are. We love eating random stuff from street food to fine gourmet meals to special cuisines and what not. Our love for food takes us to different places, mostly trying out new restaurants via their home delivery facilities.
If you are from Mumbai, you would know about the beautiful rains here. So yesterday, post the shower (rain that is), I called upon Sheena to check if she would be interested enough to revive good old college days when we used to stroll in the rain, drink street side tapri tea [roadside stall], gorge on hot samosas and roasted corns with lemon wedges.
learnt about the sudden sensation that Sheena was having while eating anything irrespective whether it
is hot or cold. She feared it was a cavity and had lined up an appointment with her dentist the next morning, very much against her wish. We all hate visiting the dentist and she is no exception.
Sheena and cavity? I asked her to meet her dentist at the earliest and get his opinion. During noon, I got a call from Sheena, who was quite cheerful post her visit. She said she had good news and bad news to share. Good news was that, she did not have cavities and of course, the bad news was that she had tooth sensitivity instead.
What is #Toothsensitivity
In layman’ terms, if you feel a sharp shooting sensation in your teeth while eating anything hot or cold, it is a sign of tooth sensitivity. It is also like a sudden shock felt in your teeth while drinking or eating any hot/cold food/beverage item.
Having tooth sensitivity does not mean the end of a foodie’ life. If dealt with properly, tooth sensitivity can be managed, allowing you to go ahead and gorge on your favorite food as always.
Here are a few tips on how to deal with tooth sensitivity:
Prevent plaque build-up: Brush your teeth regularly, ideally twice a day. Plaque can harden and
crystalize and create hard deposits that give out acidic substances that lead to nerve irritation and sensitivity.
Use a desensitizing toothpaste: Using tooth paste that is meant for handling tooth sensitivity helps a great extent over a period of time. Sensodyne, as seen on TV, is known to be a common brand for handling tooth sensitivity. Do remember to continue using the toothpaste post relief.
Use a soft bristle tooth brush: Be gentle while brushing your teeth especially around the gum line to
prevent any gum tissue tear or damage.
Avoid highly acidic foods and drink lots of water, and make sure that you visit your dentist for a regular check-up.
These are a few tips that, if followed religiously, go a long way in safe guarding your precious assets – your teeth against any teeth related issues including tooth sensitivity. So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and start following, making them part of your daily regime. If hair is you crowning glory, teeth is your smiling armor. Healthy teeth make you look beautiful without make up.
Take this test to help you determine if you have tooth sensitivity or not: http://bit.ly/Sensitivity_Test
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