Ways to Soothe Sensitive Teeth
Quite a number of adults suffer from tooth sensitivity these days. Research has shown that 1 in 8 people might have the condition, especially women, who seem to be more affected than men. Usually you notice tooth sensitivity when you drink cold or hot drinks. Even though it is not such a big deal, the pain caused by this condition is less than desirable and if you could do something to prevent it, you would.
Here we offer you a couple of tricks to soothe tooth sensitivity.
Use a soft-bristled brush:
Rule number one says if you really want to avoid the problem the first thing to do is to ensure that you are using a soft-bristled brush. Harder brushes damage the enamel, which is the protective layer of your teeth. You should stick to a brush that is gentler on gums as well. And make sure to only use gentle techniques when brushing your teeth.
Change your toothpaste:
You will notice a difference with tooth sensitivity when you buy toothpaste that is designed for sensitive teeth. You all know the commercials forsuch products where people drink cold beverages or eat ice cream without feeling pain. It turns out that it is worth trying such toothpastes. They are called desensitizing toothpaste. According to experts such products are capable of blocking sensitivity in teeth because of the compounds they contain. When you are out shopping, make sure you check the label of the product. You need to be looking for something that meets the criteria for effectiveness. Also, use a mouth rinse whose formula consists of stannous fluoride. This helps block teeth tubes, which results in pain relief.
Choose your food carefully:
Avoid acidic drinks and food. They can cause tooth erosion which leads to sensitive teeth. You should cut down on things such as citrus fruits, soft drinks, coffee, soda, tomatoes and wine. It doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t consume such things at all. The key is moderation. If you find it difficult to stay away from such food and beverages, try drinking through a straw and after you are done, rinse your mouth well with warm water (cold water will irritate your gums and cause more pain). This will reduce acid exposure. Also, make sure you wait half an hour before you brush your teeth again.
Use warm water to rinse:
If cold drinks irritate your teeth and make you wince in pain, cold water will have just the same effect when you are rinsing your teeth. To avoid that, be sure to swish your mouth with warm, not hot, water. This doesn’t fight sensitivity but it will definitely make you feel better.
Visit your dentist regularly:
Good oral hygiene is always the best way to avoid problems with your teeth. Paying regular visits to the dentist will keep your teeth in good condition and minimize the pain. You may think that you are doing great on this part, but if you feel pain every time you eat and drink cold and hot food/drinks, you are probably missing something. Just make a trip to your health care provider and let them figure out whether your oral hygiene routine is good enough.
Dr Luda Ushakova and Your Oral Health Care Team