10 Tips for Dealing with Sensitive Teeth

  • Posted on: Feb 25 2014

If you often feel a pang of pain when taking a sip of a hot or cold drink, or when eating something sweet, you’re most likely suffering from tooth sensitivity.

Sensitive teeth can be caused by a variety of different factors. Here are ten tips for handling and preventing this bothersome condition:

  1. Get regular dental checkups. Oftentimes, tooth sensitivity occurs when dentin, which is located beneath the tooth’s harder outer surface layers, has become exposed.
  2. Get professional cleanings. Tooth pain can be a symptom of gum disease, and undergoing a professional dental cleaning every six months can help keep periodontal disease at bay.
  3. Keep up your oral hygiene routine. Practice a good teeth cleaning routine at home in between professional cleanings by flossing daily and brushing for the recommended two minutes, twice a day.
  4. Brush with care. Do you tend to really bear down on your teeth when you brush – possibly without even noticing? Try paying attention to how hard you brush and make an effort to brush with a lighter hand, and use a soft bristle toothbrush rather than a harder one.
  5. Don’t chew on ice cubes. This habit can seriously damage your teeth, so replace it with chewing sugar-free gum, which also helps keep your mouth clean.
  6. Select a special toothpaste. There are several toothpaste brands available that specifically address the problem of tooth sensitivity.
  7. Avoid acidic foods. Fruit juice, soda and citrus drinks can wear away tooth enamel, which leads to tooth sensitivity. It’s important to also be aware of what you put on your salads – vinegar, certain salad dressings and lemon juice are also very acidic.
  8. Wear a mouth guard. Tooth grinding can cause tooth sensitivity, along with a myriad of other dental problems. Ask your dentist about getting a mouth guard that’s specially designed to be worn at night.
  9. Replace fillings. If your fillings are of the older, silver variety, speak to your dentist about getting them replaced with a new filling that’s made of a more comfortable, tooth-friendly material.
  10. See your dentist. If you’ve tried some of the above dietary changes and over-the-counter treatments but are still experiencing dental pain and sensitivity, it’s vital that you see your dentist. Your dentist will evaluate what is causing the pain and advise you as to how it can be remedied.

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