Warming Up with Hot Cocoa | Manhattan Beach Dentist

During the holiday season, we have a lot of things we need to focus on. Between our busy schedules and preparations, the only other thing we insist on make sure of is that we are warm. We bundle up, light our fireplaces and pour ourselves a nice hot cup of cocoa. Nothing is more perfect – until you go to take a sip and your tooth gives you a zing that hurts so bad, it startles you. Uh oh…looks like you have sensitive teeth.

A sensitive tooth appears when your gums shift to show the roots of one or more teeth. And while it could be triggered by too much acidic food in your diet, or your age, it is mainly because of your oral care routine. Our teeth naturally begin to break down as we age or mistreat our mouths, but diseases like gingivitis or grinding your teeth don’t make it any easier.

So, what do you do to treat a certain teeth sensitivity? First, we have to take a look at your daily oral care. Do you brush, floss and rinse every day? If you think you have a solid routine, try using a soft toothbrush and toothpaste made especially for sensitive teeth. Watch your diet and try to limit the acidic intake your diet has. If grinding your teeth is the issue, get a mouth guard. The pressure your teeth are dealing with actually wears down your teeth over time. But if your pain is persistent, go see your dental professional. You should be in the 90 percent of Americans that gets to enjoy hot cocoa on a chilly winter’s day.

Schedule an appointment today with Dr. Jim Tehrani, DDS by calling (310)406-0745 or visit www.beachcitiesdentistry.com to find out more information regarding tooth sensitivity.

Dr. Tehrani gladly accepts patients from Manhattan Beach and all surrounding areas.