Are sensitive teeth causing your day to turn from something good to uncomfortable? It’s time to look into how to deal with sensitive teeth so you can get back to having a pleasant life sans tooth pain. There are a few ways you can reduce sensitivity, and we’ll discuss how sensitivity occurs, as well as three options to help relieve pain.
How Does Tooth Sensitivity Occur?
There are a couple of reasons you can get sensitive teeth. Damaged enamel, cavities, teeth grinding, broken or chipped teeth, decaying dental work, new dental work, and receding gums can cause hypersensitivity. People who are hypersensitive are affected by food and drinks that are hot, cold, and sometimes spicy. The pain can range from slight discomfort to severe pain.
Use Fluoride In Your Routine
If you suffer from sensitivity issues, we suggest trying fluoride in your oral hygiene routine. According to the American Dental Association, fluoride is a natural defense against cavities and tooth decay by rebuilding the tooth enamel and making it stronger. You might have what’s called a fluoride rinse at your regular dental checkup, but keeping up with fluoride on your teeth is easy to do at home. Fluoride comes in a few different options such as liquid form like mouthwash, or in toothpaste, and it's at most grocery stores.
Try Sensitivity Toothpaste
Speaking of toothpaste, you might want to switch the toothpaste you’re currently using to one that has potassium nitrate in it. Potassium nitrate is in many desensitizing toothpastes, and it helps to block the pain. Toothpaste has harsh ingredients that remove the buildup of plaque, so finding a paste that is less abrasive can help with your discomfort. Look for low abrasion paste or Relative Dentin Abrasivity (RDA) on the package.
Take a Break from Whitening Products
Teeth whitening products are made with harsh chemicals that can cause temporary sensitivity issues. We recommend taking a break from using products with whitening properties, that way you can work on rebuilding your enamel first. If you would still like to use those products, you can ask for a desensitizing gel at the dentist when you go for in-office teeth whitening, or utilizing a RDA toothpaste while using at-home treatments. You can speak with your dentist to find out exactly what is affecting you and how you can go about continuing the use of whitening products while combating your sensitive teeth.
Change Your Brushing Habits
Before you call your sensitivity issues on the toothpaste you use or if you’re not using enough fluoride in your oral hygiene, think about your brushing habits. Did you know that brushing too hard can damage your enamel? If you’re not cleaning for the recommended two minutes, or you’re scrubbing vigorously, you can increase sensitivity to your teeth. We suggest using a soft-bristled toothbrush, and try not to brush side-to-side but at a 45-degree angle instead!
While there is no single treatment option for reducing sensitivity in teeth, these options together can improve your comfort level. Stop by for a checkup at Rasmussen Dental if you’re struggling with sensitive teeth. We’ll figure out exactly where the issue is stemming from and get you on the right track for stronger, healthier, and pain-free teeth.
Whether it’s for a regular checkup, cosmetic dentistry, or for tooth sensitivity, request an appointment today!