Summer is practically here and for many people that means more sweet frozen treats.But teeth sensitivity can have you screaming for ice cream, in pain.
Although Lisa Stone has suffered for more than 20 years, she is not alone in her pain. Dentists say more than half of their patients have some form of sensitivity.
Dentist Leonard Tau says the incidents spike in the summer, because of the cold treats people eat and drink.
While undiagnosed cavities may be the cause, Dr. Tau says there are other causes."One of the major causes of tooth sensitivity is gum recession caused by too hard of tooth brushing or vigorous tooth brushing."
Even your mouth wash could cause damage. Tau says, "It can actually dry out the gums, and the gums can recede as well."
Other surprise offenders limiting your summer fun? Whitening toothpastes that contain chemicals like hydrogen peroxide and teeth grinding can do damage.
But, there are some things you can try at home to whiten. "If you want to whiten with some toothpaste, you just have to use ones with sodium fluoride in there," Tau says.
The most popular is Sensodyne. Make sure sodium fluoride is in your mouthwash, as well. Another easy fix? Switch to a soft bristled or powered tooth brush. Tau says, "There are brushes out there that have sensors in them that will actually indicate when you're brushing too hard."
Lisa has found relief by trading in her toothpaste and toothbrush, and just in time for the start to summer.
Your dentists will tell you the best way to keep your teeth and gums in good shape is to get your teeth cleaned every six months.