Tooth sensitivity affects a significant percentage of the adult population in Canada. Sadly, most people think nothing can be done, that it is an issue they have to put up with. They don’t even consult their dentists about it. But tooth sensitivity can be resolved, and the condition can improve. It all starts with simple changes such as:
Switching to a repair and protect toothpaste
Tooth sensitivity can be resolved. You experience discomfort because you have lost the tooth’s top layer, exposing micro holes in the sensitive part of the teeth. You can tackle this problem using desensitizing toothpaste formulations with stronger repair and formulations properties.
Desensitizing kinds of toothpaste are specially formulated by dentists to give your tooth some TLC. They have properties to repair those areas that have been lost, reducing tooth sensitivity with time. Spread a thin layer of the protecting toothpaste on the sensitive tooth before going to bed for optimum results. You may have to use different brands before settling on a suitable one, but consult your dentist first.
Avoid over-the-counter mouthwashes
Some OTC mouthwashes contain acids that may make your tooth sensitivity worse by exposing dentin even further. Go for neutral fluoride mouthwashes instead.
According to Clinical Oral Investigations, neutral fluoride whitening gels clean as good as acidic bleaching gels without the pain caused by the acid.
Avoiding brushing too hard
You risk worsening your tooth sensitivity by using hard-bristled toothbrushes. Not only is this going to wear down the protective top layer, but it also causes gums to recede, exposing the sensitive part of the tooth even further.
Avoid grinding and clenching your teeth.
Grinding and clenching your teeth also wears down the enamel exposing teeth nerves. A mouth guard might help with this habit.
Avoid acidic foods
Foods containing acids wear down the enamel too. Topping the list are Citrus fruits, yogurt, carbonated beverages, and wine. Overdoing such foods can result in tooth sensitivity.
Throw some low-acidic foods to counteract the destructive effects of the high-acidic foods. Remember to use straws when taking drinks to keep it from making contact with your sensitive tooth. And most important of all, brush and floss after taking acidic foods but don’t do it too hard.
Sometimes after teeth filling, they become sensitive, especially when biting down. This can be fixed by correcting the imperfect positioning of teeth, so they come together perfectly. Your dentist may also choose to lower the filling if it’s too high.
There you go now; you don’t have to put up with a sensitive tooth. Tooth sensitivity can be improved. In addition to the above-mentioned TLC tips, talk to your dentist to find out what they can do for you; a sensitive tooth is not fixed until the root cause of the sensitivity is addressed.
If you are in the London, Ontario, area, give us a call, visit us, or contact us somehow and we can help you out.