Sensitive teeth can be painful and interfere with your daily life. The discomfort that comes from exposure to hot and cold temperatures as well as food types can create problems and harm your teeth even more. Here are 5 tips we recommend to help soothe your sensitive teeth:
Strengthen Your Enamel
Wonder why dentists are always recommending you brush your teeth 2-3 times per day? It’s because brushing not only cleans your teeth and removes plaque, it can help remineralize and strengthen your enamel. Look for fluoride enriched toothpastes to help with this.
Speaking of fluoride, try some fluoride rinse! Fluoride is an all-natural mineral compound that does wonders for your enamel strength. In a rinse, fluoride coats your teeth helping build up your enamel, which will in turn make your teeth less sensitive.
If you suffer from sensitive teeth, consider investing in some tooth-sensitive toothpaste. With the common ingredient of potassium nitrate, sensitive toothpastes are designed to desensitize and block pain signals from your teeth. Be sure to discuss toothpaste options with your dentist to help decide which brand will work best for you.
Guard Your Teeth
If you experience tooth sensitivity, nighttime grinding may be a culprit. If you grind your teeth, talk to your dentist about wearing a mouth guard at night. Mouth guards will help reduce grinding and prevent your teeth from wearing down close to the root, where most of your tooth sensitivity comes from.
How does chewing gum soothe sensitive teeth, you may ask? Let us tell you: chewing sugar-free gum helps the production of saliva in your mouth. Guess what saliva does for your teeth? That’s right! Saliva helps harden tooth enamel, solidifying your defense system against tooth sensitivity.
*Please note the sugar-free gum. Regular gum can leave behind sugary residue which will inevitably worsen the conditions causing your sensitivity.
If you continue to suffer from sensitive teeth, talk to your dentist to discuss further options.