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
Having sensitive teeth can make it difficult to enjoy your favorite foods or even sit through a dental appointment. There are a number of different things that can cause people to experience sensitive teeth, some of which are caused by ourselves without us actually realizing it. Others may not be as easy to prevent. Depending on what’s causing your tooth sensitivity, here are 3 common ways to effectively fight and even reverse tooth sensitivity:
Check Your Toothpaste
The first thing your dentist or hygienist will ask you when you have generalized tooth sensitivity is what kind of toothpaste you are using. Believe it or not, toothpastes with “whitening” formulas can cause tremendous amounts of tooth sensitivity. This reason alone is probably the most common cause of sensitivity in dental patients. Changing to a “sensitivity” toothpaste should reverse the symptoms within 2 weeks of use.
Ask For Fluoride Varnish
This white, viscous varnish is perfect for making teeth stronger, as well as reversing sensitivity of the teeth. Areas like those with gum recession or just generalized sensitivity typically experience a reversal of sensitivity that lasts as long as 3 months after one application of fluoride varnish.
Know What Foods To Watch Out For
Certain types of acidic foods can cause erosion of the tooth enamel, making the teeth more sensitive. Some examples are lemons or tomatoes. Or, if you have unmanaged acid reflux disease, you could be getting enamel erosion across your teeth as well. Rising your mouth thoroughly with water can help flush away some of the acids that your teeth are exposed to after consuming these types of foods.
Posted of the behalf of Justin Scott
There’s a new way to treat tooth sensitivity, and the results can last up to 3 months! What is it? Fluoride varnish. Varnish is a newer take on fluoride treatments that not only is much more effective at preventing tooth decay, it also helps seal off areas of the teeth that are prone to sensitivity.
Application of the varnish takes just a few minutes. The teeth are cleaned, wiped dry, and then a small brush is used to apply the fluoride varnish along the sensitive areas as well as the rest of the teeth. Although the varnish feels slightly sticky, it provides almost instant results that can last as long as 3 months after application. Some patients find it so effective that they come in between their preventive care appointments for a re-application. It’s also very affordable.
Varnish works by blocking the pores of the teeth and encouraging the minerals to calcify in place, repelling decay and preventing nerve sensitivity. It’s important not to brush your teeth for several hours after the application so that the varnish can stay in place as long as possible. However, you can eat or drink anytime after the application without having to wait.
Patients of all ages can benefit from fluoride varnishes. Many dentists are now replacing traditional forms of fluoride gels with brush on varnish because of how effective it is at repelling decay, rebuilding enamel, and preventing sensitivity. If you’ve tried other types of methods to eliminate symptoms of sensitivity, then it’s time that you gave fluoride varnish a chance. You might just be surprised at the results!
Posted on behalf of Dr. Michael Juban, Juban Dental Care
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