Tips for Dealing with Sensitive Teeth

Tooth sensitivity has become a common problem experienced by people of all ages. If you are suffering from it here are a few tips that may prove helpful:

Use Toothpaste Meant for Sensitive Teeth 

Your dentist may recommend toothpastes especially formulated to curb sensitivity. Most of these toothpastes contain an ingredient that temporarily fills tiny holes in your enamel and dentin. This reduces the amount of exposure your teeth’s sensitive nerves will get. Hence, these toothpastes will help in keeping sensitivity at bay.

Avoid Toothbrush with Stiff Bristles

Using a toothbrush with stiff bristles can make your condition worse.  Stiff bristles and abrasive toothpastes are hard on enamel, leading to more microscopic holes and eventually more sensitivity. They can also worsen gum recession, leading to exposed dentin and sensitive nerves.  Try a soft bristled tootbrush, and remember not to put too much pressure on the surface of your teeth. This will help in maintaining gum integrity.

Don’t Skip Dental Appointments

Healthy gums protect teeth and prevent tooth sensitivity. Consulting your dentist at regular intervals will help them examine your gums for any problems including diseased or receding gums that can be a major cause of sensitivity.

You can also check with your dentist about coating options for reducing sensitivity. There are a number of varnishes and other coatings that can be applied by a dentist to help with teeth sensitivity.  A flouride varnish can be helpful in reducing tooth sensitivity. Application of flouride fills tiny holes in tooth enamel that can expose the teeth to temperature change and other irritants.  There are other bonding agents and plastic sealant coatings that can be applied to strengthen enamel and dentin.

Avoid Food that Causes Sensitivity

Most of the times you may experience tooth sensitivity while having a certain beverage or dessert. Acidic foods and drinks such as coffee, fruit, pickles, and sodas can increase tooth sensitivity. If your sensitive teeth are a problem when you eat, you may want to consider reducing or eliminating those foods.