WHAT CAUSES TOOTH SENSITIVITY?
Enamel breakdown from using a hard toothbrush
High consumption of acidic foods and beverages
Here are 6 ways to give you some relief from tooth sensitivity.
1) SENSITIVE TOOTHPASTE
These toothpastes generally block the dentinal tubules and help reduce sensitivity. Several Sensitive toothpaste brands are available in the market. These toothpastes work for some. Most important is to use them in a right manner. It’s best to use for 3 weeks, use your daily toothpaste for a couple of weeks and then start the sensitive toothpaste again.
2) TOOTH BRUSHING
Brushing rigorously or using a hard bristled toothbrush or a highly abrasive toothpaste can expose the dentin layer of the tooth leading to sensitive teeth. Use a
soft toothbrush and you need to be gentle with your teeth too.
3) AVOID ACIDIC FOOD AND BEVERAGES
Carbonated drinks, lemon etc. can lead to tooth erosion exposing the underlying dentin. One should avoid excessive consumption of these foods and beverages. Also do not brush immediately after consumption of these beverages as they cause softening of the enamel and can lead to quicker erosion.
4) FLUORIDE APPLICATIONS
Fluoride can penetrate the tooth and form stronger crystals which a highly resistant to erosion. They generally have to be applied a couple of times in a year varying on the intensity of the sensitivity.
5) USE OF NIGHT GUARDS
Teeth grinding can wear of the enamel and increase sensitivity. Night guards help in reducing the grinding habit and its effects on teeth.
6) TREAT THE RECEDING GUMS
The cementum layer covering the root is exposed when gums recede. A hard brushing can wear off the cementum and expose dentin leading to sensitive teeth. Its best to use fluoride applications or rebuild the gum tissues.
The best solution to teeth sensitivity is to first rule out the exact cause. You can start caring for your pearly whites today by brushing gently with a soft bristled toothbrush twice a day, flossing and using a mouthwash.
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