Sensitive teeth can cause you a lot of pain, from mild twinges to severe aches. These pains can be signs of a more serious problem, or you may simply have dental habits that have led to generally sensitive teeth. If eating or drinking something hot or cold makes you wince, here are some ways you can soothe your sensitive teeth.
1) Use a Toothpaste Made for Sensitive Teeth
There are many different toothpastes available that are aimed specifically at those with sensitive teeth. Try swapping your normal toothpaste for one of these and make sure you use it twice a day. It may help to rub this type of toothpaste onto the sensitive areas. If you’re unsure of which brand to choose, ask your dentist for advice.
2) Use Dental Products with Fluoride
When choosing your toothpaste and products such as mouthwash, make sure you pick up fluoridated ones. Fluoride helps to strengthen tooth enamel, reducing your teeth’s sensitivity. It also reduces the ability of plaque bacteria to produce acid, helping to protect your teeth from damage that may cause further pain. Your dentist can prescribe a higher dosage fluoride toothpaste if you have ongoing problems with sensitivity. Speak to him about whether this would be suitable for you.
3) Use a Soft-Bristled Toothbrush
Using a hard-bristled toothbrush or generally scrubbing your teeth too hard can be the cause of sensitivity and can make it worse, because it wears down the enamel. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and brush gently, being careful around the gum line so that you don’t remove any protective gum tissue.
4) Cut Down on Acidic Foods and Drinks
Highly acidic foods and drinks often contribute to teeth erosion and tooth sensitivity, and are likely to cause pain in sensitive teeth. Things like fizzy drinks, citrus fruits and wine should be consumed in moderation to minimise problems.
5) Get a Mouth Guard
If you grind your teeth, this is likely to be causing a lot of damage and sensitivity, so the habit needs to be avoided. However, many people grind their teeth in their sleep, making it difficult to control. The good news is, getting a mouth guard to wear at night will protect your teeth during your sleep. Your dentist can provide you with a mouth guard that’s moulded to comfortably fit the shape of your teeth.
6) Don’t Forget to Floss
Practising proper oral hygiene is essential if you want to maintain healthy teeth and prevent damage that will cause sensitivity. Flossing is an important part of this, but a step that too many miss out. It removes any harmful sticky bacteria or plaque from your teeth that your toothbrush might have missed, so try to get into the habit of doing it daily.
Maintaining these good oral habits will most likely help to reduce or get rid of any sensitivity you’re experiencing. If after a few weeks you’re still in discomfort, you should talk to your dentist to see if there’s a more serious problem that needs to be treated.
If you would like more information regarding oral health, you might like to follow this link to the UK Oral Health Foundation website.
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