Sensitive teeth can be a painful and difficult problem to have when trying to live our daily lives. The pain caused by tooth sensitivity can be cause by a variety of issues, including hot or cold temperatures, and sweet and sour foods. There are a number of ways to reduce tooth sensitivity that can be achieved with ease (and with the help of a qualified dentist).
1. Regular Brushing
Improving general oral hygiene can be a simple way of reducing the sensitivity that affects many people. Brushing teeth at least twice a day and combining this with a daily flossing regimen will keep teeth healthy and reduce sensitivity levels.
2. Softer Bristles
A major cause of sensitivity is simply brushing your teeth too hard. Brushing too hard exposes the dentin beneath the layer of enamel, causing sensitivity to worsen over time. Hard-bristled brushes can create major problems with lost enamel. A soft-bristled brush will reduce the irritation felt on gums and help protect the remaining layer of enamel.
3. The Right Toothpaste
Finding the best toothpaste – one designed to reduce sensitivity – is always a good idea. Every mouth is different, so buy small tubes until you find the best toothpaste for you.
4. Lower-Acid Foods
Those who are already affected by sensitivity should consider what they eat and avoid foods that are high in acidity. The enamel is further damaged and its protective qualities are reduced by acidic foods, which should only be consumed in small quantities.
5. Fluoride Mouthwash
Adding a fluoride mouthwash to the daily oral health routine will help reduce sensitivity, as well as help fight gum disease.
6. Mouth Guards to Help Grinding
Grinding the teeth is a major cause of dental problems for many people. This damages the enamel on the teeth and increases sensitivity. Our dental staff helps with grinding problems by fitting patients for mouth guards to reduce the effects of this problem.
7. Visit Your Dentist
Visiting a dentist on a regular basis is a great way to keep your mouth healthy and reduce sensitivity. At least two visits to the dentist each year can help reduce the pain of sensitive teeth and limit other oral problems.