Over 60% of Americans have reported having sensitive teeth. The bottom line is that having sensitive teeth is not fun. Tooth sensitivity is caused by worn enamel that causes nerves to become available to the painful throbbing pain that is usually caused by hot or cold temperatures. We’ve come up with 10 tips on how to help live through having sensitive teeth:
- Use softer brush strokes. This will prevent plaque build-up that damages tooth enamel.
- Start using tooth sensitive toothpaste. These toothpastes are filled with ingredients that help reduce sensitivity by desensitizing nerve endings.
- Use a high-fluoride mouthwash. Fluoride helps strengthen tooth enamel and stops bacteria from sticking to your teeth.
- No grinding. If you’re a night-time grinder, visit your dentist ASAP for a night guard.
- No home teeth whitening kits. Stay away from these. If you would like to have your teeth whitened, please do so in a professional setting.
- Avoid food and drinks with acid. This usually means sugary drinks and candy.
- Refrain from brushing too often. Over-brushing can wear away tooth enamel even more. It’s big no-no.
- Ask your dentist for fluoride treatment. Did we mention this is good for your teeth?
- Try a toothpaste “shield”. If a tooth is bothering you at bedtime, place a small amount on sensitive toothpaste on it. This will provide much-needed relief.
- Ever heard of a gum graft? If not, ask your dentist about it. It’s a solution that will provide lasting relief for sensitive teeth.
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