LIFESTYLE & COMMUNITY

6 Tips That May Help Relieve Tooth Sensitivity

Date October 20, 2017

Reasons why teeth become sensitive

A recent study shows that 1 in 8 people suffers from teeth sensitivity. If you have to refrain from cold and hot beverages, sugary or acidic foods, and drinks make your teeth hurt, you may be one of them. Your teeth become sensitive when enamel, a hard-protective layer, wears away. Learn more about it from the video below:

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Other causes of teeth sensitivity include a cracked tooth or filling, gum disease, or gums receding with age.

There are measures you can take to relieve teeth sensitivity, but if they don’t help, go to your dentist – he or she will prescribe proper treatment for the problem.

What to do about tooth sensitivity?

1. Change your brushing habits

Intense brushing can damage your enamel and gums and cause tooth to become sensitive. Start using a soft toothbrush, position it a 45-degree angle to your gums when you’re brushing, use up-and-down motions, brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes, and don’t forget to floss regularly.

2. Try a different toothpaste

Various toothpastes designed specifically for sensitive teeth are available. You can also ask your dentist about desensitizing toothpaste, which may be more effective. It’s sometimes used without a toothbrush.

3. Limit your consumption of acidic and sugary foods and drinks

Acidic foods and drinks, such as wine, citrus fruits and juices, and pickles, and products high in sugar, such as sodas and sticky candies, can aggravate tooth sensitivity. Consume more foods that help strengthen your teeth, such as milk and dairy products (e.g. cheese and plain yogurt) and fruits, vegetables, and whole grains high in fiber. If you eat something acidic, don’t brush your teeth right after eating, wait about an hour. Drinking green tea after eating can counter the effect of offending foods to some extent.

4. Stop grinding your teeth

Some people grind their teeth when they are nervous or tense, and some do it unconsciously in their sleep. You can try a mouth guard to prevent tooth grinding at night or make conscious effort to ditch the habit if you grind your teeth when you’re under stress.

5. Refrain from bleaching

If you have sensitive teeth, bleaching may aggravate the problem. Ask your dentist whether bleaching is safe for you.

6. Use fluoride mouthwash

Rinsing with fluoride mouthwash can help protect your teeth from sensitivity and prevent tooth decay and cavities. Rinse every time after brushing your teeth.

Discuss the problem with your dentist

If you practice proper oral hygiene, eat a balanced diet, and it still doesn’t help, you need to talk to your dentist. Tooth sensitivity can be caused by serious problems, such as gum disease, worn fillings, a fractured tooth, or an exposed root. Find out why your teeth are sensitive to treat the condition as soon as possible to avoid more serious problems.

Sources: Everyday Health, Best Health Magazine, WebMD


This post is solely for informational purposes. It is not intended to provide medical advice. Fabiosa doesn’t take responsibility for any possible consequences from any treatment, procedure, exercise, dietary modification, action or application of medication which results from reading or following the information contained in this post. Before undertaking any course of treatment, the reader should consult with their physician or other health care provider.

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