Tender Teeth? 10 Ways to Relieve Tooth Sensitivity
Do you wince when you drink hot or cold beverages? Do you find yourself being cautious when you brush or floss because it’s painful? Well, you may have sensitive teeth.
Sensitivity is common, and can happen when a tooth’s dentin is exposed to acidity or cold and hot temperatures. Lucky for you, tooth sensitivity is preventable and treatable. Although sensitivity can have a number of causes, according to the American Dental Association (ADA), good oral hygiene is always your best defense. And with a few small adjustments to your oral care routine, you could be well on your way to pain-free teeth.
Here are 10 tips to help beat tooth sensitivity:
- Brush your teeth twice a day.
- Use a soft bristled brush.
- Use a fluoride toothpaste.
- Replace your toothbrush every 3 months.
- Brush gently with appropriate technique.
- Floss once a day.
- Visit your dentist regularly.
- Try an at home fluoride gel treatment (these can help strengthen tooth enamel).
- In the meantime, avoid irritating foods and beverages until you find relief.
- Use a mouth guard if you grind your teeth.
However, if you try these and still do not find relief, a visit to your dentist is recommended. At your appointment, your dentist can determine the cause of your sensitivity and provide treatment options. Problems can range from mild tooth decay to gums that have pulled away from the teeth from gum disease.
Your dentist may recommend trying a desensitizing toothpaste that can help prevent nerve irritation. And depending on the severity, there are also in-office treatments that can repair damaged areas of the tooth (fillings, crowns, inlays, bonding, surgical gum grafts or root canals). Again, it’s always best to speak with your dentist about treatment options available to you.
Need to schedule an appointment? Find a dentist near you.