Best Sensitive Teeth Remedies and Treatment Options
A sudden jolt of pain is enough to ruin that glass of iced tea or lick you just stole off your child’s ice cream cone. When it comes to sensitive teeth, often the best treatment and sensitive teeth remedies are easier than you might have thought.
Here are four things you should try:
1. Choosing a Toothpaste for Sensitive Teeth
The very first thing that people with sensitive teeth should consider is checking the label of their toothpaste. In nearly 75% or more of cases, people with sensitive teeth are using some type of a toothpaste that’s formulated for whitening purposes. These ingredients can open up the pores of your teeth, making them more sensitive.
Instead, use a toothpaste that’s formulated for sensitive teeth. This option will help to block off the microscopic pores, instead of open them. After daily use for about two weeks, you should start to see a reduction in or complete elimination of your tooth sensitivity.
2. Switch to a Soft Toothbrush for Extra-Gentle Care
One of the biggest causes of sensitive teeth is when the roots are exposed. Your enamel doesn’t cover the roots…just the area of the tooth above your gumlines. Yet, the gums can recede and expose the root if you’re brushing them too aggressively. When they do, your roots can start to be exposed to elements that they weren’t meant for.
Change your hard or stiff toothbrush out for one with soft or extra-soft bristles. Then, only apply enough pressure with your toothbrush so that the gums slightly blanch. Anything more aggressive than this can cause additional gum recession. Once your gums recede, you can’t grow them back on your own!
3. Be Sure to Avoid Acidic Foods and Drinks
Acid can wear down tooth enamel, making it more susceptible to irritation. You’ll find acidic pH levels in anything from diet soda to water with lemon. Even naturally sweetened drinks such as fruit juice may cause tooth sensitivity. Citrus drinks like orange juice need to be cut out or you can drink them through a straw to reduce how much of it comes into contact with your teeth.
Tooth sensitivity won’t be the only problem here; acid exposure can even damage the lining of your esophagus and cause reflux or heartburn problems. At the same time, unmanaged GERD could be another factor involved in causing sensitive teeth.
4. FYI: Your Dentist Can Apply Fluoride to Sensitive Areas
We’re the best dentist in Ventura County when it comes to treating sensitive teeth. One fast solution to ease your pain is to pop by our office for a fluoride treatment. Specific types of fluoride (like varnish) can help to reduce or fully eliminate tooth sensitivity for up to three months at a time. It only takes a minute to apply!
Stop avoiding all your favorite foods and reverse tooth sensitivity today! For more information, call Dr. David Satnick to schedule a consultation.