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Fighting Tooth Sensitivity at Home

Sensitive teeth can mean anything from gum recession to a cavity. Sometimes there is nothing wrong with your teeth at all, other than having hypersensitive tooth enamel. If your dentist has determined that your teeth are relatively healthy but are just more susceptible to sensitivity, here are a few ways you can battle that discomfort from home:

Stay Away from Whitening Toothpastes

Over the counter whitening products like toothpastes and mouth rinses are one of the most common causes of tooth sensitivity. Always use products as directed or discuss these side effects with your dentist.

Use Sensitivity Toothpastes Regularly

Sensitivity formulated toothpastes are perfect for blocking hypersensitive nerve fibers in the pores of our teeth. Unfortunately they must usually be used for up to two weeks before results are seen, and must continue to be used to maintain these results. 

Don’t Brush Too Hard

Aggressive brushing and scrubbing can make your gums recede, leaving your root surfaces exposed. By nature, root surfaces are much more sensitive to external stimuli. Stick with a soft or extra-soft bristled brush and never so much force that the bristles splay out in all directions. 

Add Fluoride Into Your Routine

Fluoridated mouth rinses can help strengthen your tooth enamel and make it less resistant to cavities and even sensitivity. Most popular mouth rinses do not contain fluoride, as they are formulated for fresher breath, so read the labels carefully.

If tooth sensitivity starts suddenly or feels different than it has in the past, you need to be examined by your dentist. This could be your body’s way of telling you that something else is wrong. Always be sure to schedule a dental check-up every 6 months for early diagnosis and intervention methods that keep your cost of care down.

Posted on behalf of:
Green Dental of Alexandria
1725 Duke St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 549-1725

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