Dental Tips Blog

Sep
15

4 Ways to Treat Tooth Sensitivity

Sensitive teeth can be caused by a wide variety of factors. For this reason, there isn’t a magic cure-all that works in each case. But let’s start by considering a few of the most effective ways you can reduce sensitivity.

  1. Keep Your Teeth Clean

Plaque will make teeth more sensitive, so removing debris is important to keeping your enamel strong. Your brushing routine should include:

  • Using a soft-bristled brush which is gentler on tooth enamel
  • A sensitivity formulated toothpaste

Make your sensitivity toothpaste do double duty. After flossing, brushing, and rinsing, spread a dab of the toothpaste directly on sensitive spots right before bed.

  1. Cut Back on Teeth Whitening Products

Whitening products usually contain peroxide as the bleaching agent. This chemical reaches deep into the pores on teeth to lift stain. It also opens up the pores, exposing sensitive nerves in the tooth to the surrounding environment.

If you find that you’re unexpectedly dealing with sensitive teeth, look into the products you use that claim to whiten teeth. Give them a break for a week or two and see if your teeth start feeling any better.

  1. Avoid Acidic Foods

Highly acidic drinks and foods will irritate spots that are already weakened by cavities. These foods will also wear on the enamel of healthy teeth, causing irritation. Brush well after each meal and try to drink water more than sweetened drinks.

Still not sure what’s causing your sensitivity? Then now’s a perfect time to schedule a visit to your local dental office! Ask your dentist about what could be causing your sensitivity and what can be done about it.

Posted on behalf of:
Greencastle Dental
195 Greencastle Road
Tyrone, GA 30290
(770) 486-5585

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