Sensitive teeth are a real menace. The condition is downright uncomfortable.
That sudden ache you feel is caused by a disturbance on the nerve endings of your teeth. When this happens, you have to be weary of drinking hot or cold liquids, or eating overly sweet or sour food. Even just the mere entry of cold air in your mouth can trigger pain.
Unless your tooth sensitivity stems from an underlying oral health condition, there are some steps you can take to avoid it altogether.
Here are four of my recommendations on how to play it safe.
1. Don’t brush your teeth too hard.
Do away hard-bristled toothbrushes. They can do serious damage to your tooth enamel. Brushing too hard can also cause your gums to recede away from your teeth. When this happens, the protective layer of the roots of your teeth become exposed, leaving your teeth ultra-sensitive.
Always use soft-bristle toothbrushes.
2. Stick to professional teeth whitening.
Sure, over-the-counter teeth whitening products are inexpensive – but they come with a price. Those products often contain peroxide and baking soda – which wreak havoc on your tooth dentins. It’s always best to have teeth whitening treatments done professional right here in the office.
3. Check your toothpaste.
There are toothpastes specially made for sensitive teeth which have effective teeth whitening formula. Use them regularly and you can notice a decrease of teeth sensitivity. You can also put a thin layer of the toothpaste using cotton over the affected tooth roots.
4. Be mindful about mouthwash.
There is mouthwash in the market that promises to contribute to teeth whitening. There might be an improvement to the color of your teeth, but prolonged use of mouthwash can cause teeth sensitivity. There are a few mouthwash products that contain acidic chemicals that may further expose the protective layer of the tooth’s roots. If you can, try to buy a neutral fluoride mouthwash which would not aggravate the sensitivity of your teeth.
If sensitive teeth are plaguing you, take comfort in knowing that the condition can be cured. But, it’s up to you to take the first step and contact me about the problem!