Tooth sensitivity can be a pain in the mouth! Have you ever experienced a throbbing or stinging sensation after consuming something hot or cold? Are you suffering from sensitive teeth? Try these steps below!
In most cases, teeth become sensitive when their protective outer layer, called enamel, has worn away. When this happens, it exposes your tooth’s dentin, which is full of tiny tubules with sensitive nerve endings running through them.
- Try a toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth. Several brands of desensitizing toothpaste contain an ingredient called “potassium nitrate” which helps block these tiny tubules.
- Modify the way you brush. If you’re not using a soft toothbrush or scrubbing your teeth forcefully you may be causing more damage than good. Insure you are only using a soft or ultra soft toothbrush with minimal pressure for a full two minutes.
- Ask your dentist about a desensitizing agent. If you are not having much luck with desensitizing toothpaste, talk to your dentist about a fluoride varnish that can be applied to the sensitive areas of your teeth during your dental hygiene visits.
- Consider a night guard. If you are grinding or clenching your teeth at night, you could be wearing away your enamel, causing tooth sensitivity. Ask your dentist at your next visit about getting a custom night guard made.
- Treat your receding gumline. Typically, the root of your tooth is covered by your gum tissue. If you have gum recession caused by gum disease or even forceful brushing, then the root of your tooth could be exposed causing tooth sensitivity.
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