Patients with sensitive teeth feel extremely frustrated every time they would like to take a sip of hot soup or coffee, or having a delicious ice cream.
People who have sensitive teeth just watch the beautiful and deliciously prepared Thanksgiving dinner table, but unfortunately if they ate most of the foods there they would have to put up with that sharp, throbbing pain sensation in the teeth.
According to many dentists, the basic cause of sensitive teeth is gum disease. Patients with gum disease do experience a receding of their gums, which exposes more and more of the dentin (of the tooth). When the tooth root becomes exposed, teeth will become extremely sensitive.
Then, the patient will get sensitive teeth to any hot or cold meals, and they would feel this sensitivity even when they chew on harder foods. T
his latter symptom is particularly true for patients who have already got infected teeth and then chewing only makes the pain worse. Sensitive teeth become even more painful when we eat plenty of acidic or sugary foods on special occasions such as Thanksgiving.
Next, many dentists state that patients with sensitive teeth might get the condition because they grind their teeth at night.
As one grinds his teeth, the enamel wears away and thus the tooth becomes exposed. Patients with sensitive teeth due to grinding can get rid of the sensitive factor if they receive dental crowns or dental veneers which will protect the tooth.
By brushing your teeth with fluoride toothpaste can help decreasing sensitivity. Patients with exposed dental roots can go through a special laser treatment at the dentist.
The pores on the roots will be nicely closed and chemical sensitivity is practically changed, and thus tooth sensitivity will be decreased. These types of treatments are generally not covered by insurance, but it costs about $65 per sensitive area to treat the condition with a tool known as Waterlase.
Three important Thanksgiving dietary tips for sensitive teeth:
- you should avoid acidic foods and drinks. These types of drinks are exposing the pores of your teeth by attacking the protective protein layer. Citrus juices, vinegar and sodas should be erased from your dietary list.
- eat foods which are rich in oxalates- you should consume plenty of bananas, spinach or rhubarb which are rich in oxalic acids. The foods will help you reduce sensitivity where it starts: at the dentinal tubules.
- eat casein rich foods- casein builds a protective protein layer upon your teeth, making them less sensitive over time. Casein rich foods include yogurt, milk and cheese.
Prepare healthy Thanksgiving desserts with yogurt and cream, serve natural juices or shakes instead of sodas, and make sure that meats are accompanied by plenty of freshly prepared salads and leafy greens.