• Tooth Sensitivity and Braces

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    If you have ever experienced a zing or a bit of pain when you drink or eat something too hot or too cold, you are not alone.  Generally, one out of eight people have tooth sensitivity.  But, what is the cause of this?  Believe it or not, sensitive teeth rarely have to do with cavities.  Instead, the common cause is brushing your teeth too hard.  As the orthodontist Boise residents look to for great smiles and common treatments such as braces, let’s see how brushing, braces, and tooth sensitivity can affect you.

    Do you brush too hard?

    The recommend rule for brushing your teeth is twice a day for at least two minutes each time.  When you wear braces, our Boise orthodontist may suggest brushing more often so that you remove food particles from your brackets and wires.  Our patients who wear braces typically brush after each meal; thus removing themselves and their smiles from embarrassing situations associated with food and braces.  The key to brushing is gentle, circular motions.  We don’t want you breaking brackets or damaging your tooth enamel.

    Brush Smart

    Rather than brushing aggressively, use gentle motions.  Brushing too hard can wear away at your tooth enamel and expose a layer of dentin, the more sensitive part of your tooth.  Hold your toothbrush lightly, not tight and make round motions with your toothbrush.  In addition to brushing correctly, you may need a new toothbrush more often than Boise orthodontist patients who don’t wear braces.  Your brackets break down the bristles of the brush more rapidly.

    Stay in Touch

    If you are concerned about your braces or experiencing sensitivity when you eat or drink, give our Boise orthodontist office a call.  Connect with us on Facebook for more tips on oral health and let us know how we can help.  Proper brushing and flossing will keep your teeth healthy and eliminate painful tooth sensitivity issues down the road.