Strengthen your enamel:
Tooth enamel is the first defense against adverse conditions in your mouth. If your tooth enamel is sensitive, you have to re-mineralize the surface of your teeth by brushing your teeth daily with fluoride toothpaste twice a day.
Take preventative measures:
Schedule an appointment with a dentist if the sensitivity is causing severe pain. There is no reason to wait or delay treatment when you can feel better today. If you feel that sensitive teeth may be caused by tooth decay, you can ask your dentist for an x-ray which can provide you with results and detect tooth decay early as it happens. In case you didn’t know, getting your teeth cleaned twice a year remove plaque and keeps your mouth healthy. This reduces any major dental illnesses and problems. Sticking to a healthy brushing and flossing regime daily can cut down on tooth decay and gingivitis. If you are one of those people who stick to a daily tooth care regime who brush and floss twice a day, great. If not, establishing a convenient routine can help minimize problematic issues. Have you found a toothbrush that fits your needs? Using the right toothbrush can make your regime easier and work out smooth. If you are neutral on the topic the suggested toothbrush is a thick, soft bristle, toothbrush. If you decide to opt for a hard toothbrush with rough plastic you may be setting your teeth up for pain and gum damage. Do not choose a hard toothbrush unless you really need it. If you do have a hard toothbrush you can always run the brush under hot water to soften the bristles before you brush your teeth.
Use a night guard:
Tooth pain can be linked to grinding your teeth in the daytime or night time. A dentist can help you to guard your teeth against grinding by prescribing you a mouth guard to wear overnight. The mouth guard can either be chosen or custom to fit your teeth only. If you choose to do so you can visit your local store and purchase over the counter mouth guards. The over the counter mouth guards prevent your teeth from grinding at night when you sleep.
This may sound like a fun idea you have no problem doing, but did you know that chewing sugar-free gum helps increase your saliva production. When there is a good amount of saliva present it helps to naturally harden tooth enamel. When you chew gum, make sure that it is sugar-free because sugary gum leaves behind a residue that can make teeth sensitivity worse.
Use fluoride rinse:
Fluoride is the best option for getting rid of tooth sensitivity by strengthening your enamel. Fluoride is a natural mineral that should be incorporated into your oral hygiene routine. Using fluoride rinse can rebuild your enamel including lost enamel to add a protective layering over time. Rinsing your mouth with fluoride is easy. A fluoride rinse is easy to do and takes only a couple of minutes. Rinse your mouth with tap water, swish, and spit. Fluoride is present in public water supply to reduce cavities and is available to you. Using fluoride is a safe treatment option and many researchers, scientist, and dentists stand behind its effects and uses.
Skip whitening treatment:
Nothing bad comes out of having white teeth except for sensitive teeth. Using a whitening treatment might be how you got sensitive teeth. Whitening treatments contain chemicals that sometimes irritates the nerves in your teeth. Repeated use of teeth whiteners causes your sensitive teeth to get out of control with severe pain. In this case, it is recommended that you give your teeth a break. Allow yourself to skip the next whitening treatment and resume treatment when you are ready. If you insist on getting another treatment you can consult your dentist and your dentist will provide you with a treatment that will be kind to your sensitive teeth while treating it. Over the counter, whitening treatments cause sensitive teeth easily and should be avoided if you have a history of sensitive teeth after whitening. Taking a break with whitening treatments? After consuming sugar or food that may be high in acids you can always brush your teeth and floss afterward. You don’t have to whiten your teeth because of its clean effects.
Using sensitive toothpaste that is designed to soothe sensitive teeth may be something to look for if you keep up your whitening treatments or if you experience sensitive teeth often. Look for the ingredient potassium nitrate. Potassium nitrate is an ingredient that desensitizes your teeth and blocks pain signals. If you want to go for a more natural type of toothpaste there are some toothpaste that has nothing but natural ingredients. The ingredients are less harsh too. Regular toothpaste is made with a formula to get rid of plaque on the surface of the teeth. Regular toothpaste contains certain abrasive chemicals that are formulated to get rid of surface stains. Look for a low abrasion toothpaste when dealing with sensitive teeth.
Some of the tooth pain and sensitivity can be only treated with in-office treatments, please call us to make an appointment with our endodontists.