How to stop sensitive teeth ruining your favourite summer snacks

How to stop sensitive teeth ruining your favourite summer snacks

Chilled melon slices, frozen cocktails, ice cream desserts – here’s how to enjoy your favourite summer foods without your teeth suffering…

Chilled melon slices, slushy drinks, ice cream desserts – here’s how to enjoy your favourite summer foods without your teeth suffering...

From frozen lollies to ice cream sundaes, summer is the season to indulge.

But that sharp, painful feeling as you take a bite of your favourite food is the fastest way to stop sunny weather fun in its tracks.

Because summer’s too short to let sensitive teeth rule your life, we’ve come up with the smartest remedies for this problem...

1. Upgrade your brush

The first step in tackling sensitivity is looking at your toothbrush and how you’re brushing.

Overzealous brushing on a daily basis, or a bristle that’s too hard, can aggravate sensitive teeth. But, equally, don’t shy away from brushing twice a day, either. Instead, try switching to a softer brush and being a little gentler. And remember, it’s important to change your brush every two to three months.

An electric toothbrush is more efficient at cleaning teeth and you can buy replacement brushes when needed. For one that’s as beautiful (it’s rose gold) as it is smart, try the ORAL-B GENIUS 9000.

2. Check your toothpaste

Sensitivity can have various causes, but in most cases a tooth’s outer layer of enamel wears away, exposing the dentine. And if you’re a fan of whitening toothpastes, it’s worth knowing they can sometimes aggravate it.

If you’re reluctant to stop using them altogether, one option is to alternate your whitening toothpaste with a less abrasive option on a day-on-day-off basis, to see whether sensitivity disappears.

A sensitive toothpaste can help too – Oral-B’s Gum & Enamel Repair toothpaste is specially designed for sensitive teeth, so it not only fights sensitivity, but also makes your mouth healthier and stronger from the very first day of use.

3. Avoid fizzy drinks

They can speed up the wearing-away of tooth enamel. But if the thought of surviving the summer barbecue season without those bubbles is too much to bear, drink through a straw – it means the liquid won’t have contact with teeth.

4. Don’t brush immediately after food

Or at least not after acidic food or drink, such as fruit and wine. The acid can soften enamel and make teeth even more sensitive, so brush last thing at night and first thing in the morning instead.

If you’re worried about bad breath after certain foods, check out our advice on keeping fresh all day.

5. Consider a mouth guard

You might not know if you do, but many of us grind or clench our teeth at night. This leaves teeth feeling sore, sensitive, and definitely not in the mood for those fresh, cold foods.

Swapping to any Oral-B toothpaste should help with this as they are proven to strengthen enamel and protect teeth from erosion, making your mouth feel and look noticeably healthier.

6. Grab a helping hand

Fluoride gels, rinses or mouthwashes specifically created for sensitive teeth, like Oral-B’s Sensitivity range, can help when dealing with that twinge on a daily basis, both strengthening enamel and reducing pain.

Still experiencing sensitivity? Book a dentist appointment ASAP. You might have a crack in a tooth, excess plaque or even receding gums, all of which can cause discomfort or pain (not to mention putting a dampener on that baked Alaska dessert idea...).

Be sure to visit Oral-B for more information on caring for sensitive teeth.

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Jackie 15/08/2017

I have really sensitive teeth and have found it to be amazing.

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