Once the colder temperatures begin to set in, drinks like mulled cider, hot chocolate, and tea become the beverage of choice. Individuals with sensitive teeth, however, may find these drinks cause their teeth a bit of pain. Fortunately, there are a few tips one can implement to reduce and even eliminate the discomfort.
Switch to a Toothpaste for Sensitive Teeth
Toothpaste made for people with sensitive teeth works because it contains either strontium chloride or potassium nitrate. These ingredients work to fill in the tiny holes that surround an individual's teeth to keep pain signals from reaching the nerves. The longer the toothpaste is used, the less pain that is felt when drinking a hot beverage.
Cut Sugars and Acids Out of Your Diet
Both acids and sugars eat away at the enamel of a tooth. This leaves those tiny tunnels exposed so that a hot drink can cause pain. Once you adjust your diet, the teeth will begin to repair themselves. Saliva replaces the minerals that were stripped away by the sugars and acids.
Add a Fluoride Mouthwash
Fluoride is like a person's saliva because it also contains minerals. The mouthwash adds a protective coating to pearly whites. When used twice a day on a regular basis, hot beverage drinkers will experience less discomfort.
Brush Your Teeth Softly
Hard brushing is a major cause of tooth sensitivity. Purchase a toothbrush that has soft bristles and then use restraint when brushing. Instead of scrubbing and wearing away the enamel, brush lightly. Repeat each morning and evening.
Visit the Dentist
Dentists are able to place a protective barrier over the molars using a fluoride varnish. This varnish is painted on and can last several months to a year, which is long enough to get one through the winter season. This is an excellent option for anyone who isn't having success using at-home methods.