5 Dental Care Tricks for Sensitive Teeth

TMJ Disorders Causes, Symptoms, TreatmentMany people suffer from tooth sensitivity that makes it difficult to chew or drink certain beverages. Sensitive teeth can be caused by eating acidic foods and brushing too roughly, resulting in reduced tooth enamel and exposed roots. In some cases, sensitive teeth are genetic due to receding gums. These five tips can help you cure your sensitivity, so you don’t have worry about pain every time you take a bite of food.

1) Potassium Nitrate Toothpaste

Search for toothpastes that contain potassium nitrate. Potassium nitrate binds to the nerves of the dental pulp, effectively blocking pain signals that are normally sent to the brain. When your dental tubules are open and exposed, your chances of experiencing pain are greater. With regular use, potassium nitrate toothpaste can build up in the dental tubules to prevent pain long-term.

2) Brushing Technique

Pay attention to the technique you use when brushing as this can contribute to pain by wearing away enamel. Use a toothbrush with soft bristles and avoid scrubbing vigorously. Use gentle, circular strokes to clean your teeth. Along the gum line, hold the brush at a 45 degree angle to preserve enamel strength.

3) Fluoride Gel

Speak to your dentist about a fluoride gel treatment. Fluoride gel works by protecting the tooth enamel and eliminating bacteria on the teeth and gums. It can prevent cavities and decrease sensitivity. There are also at-home fluoride gel treatments you can purchase between trips to the dentist.

4) Mouth Guard

Teeth grinding is a common cause of tooth sensitivity because it quickly breaks down enamel and exposes the dentin. If you frequently clamp down your teeth due to stress or grind your teeth during the night, consider getting a mouth guard to protect your teeth. Ask your dentist whether you have signs of teeth grinding so they can advise you.

5) Salt Water Rinse

Make your own salt water solution to rinse your mouth. The salt particles will bind to your teeth, preventing irritation and blocking off the dental tubules. Acting as an antiseptic, salt water will provide relief from tooth pain and prevent sensitivity while eating or drinking. A salt water rinse will also fight bacteria and promote healthy gums.

If you struggle with sensitive teeth, these tips can help you overcome and prevent it. Sensitivity can make it difficult to eat and even brush your teeth. Take some precautions to prevent enamel decay and follow these simple steps to combat existing pain. If you need more help with sensitive teeth talk to Dr. Yeh or one of the experts at Smiles Dental Group. We are here to help!