Sensitive teeth are a common problem that can make eating hot and cold foods unpleasant and even painful.
The cause of sensitive teeth is that the enamel gradually wears down over time, which makes the nerves in your teeth closer to the surface. This is why tooth sensitivity occurs more often in older people.
Don’t worry though, because in this post, we’ll explain what you can do to reduce tooth sensitivity.
1. Use a brand of toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth
The first thing to do is to switch to a toothpaste that’s designed for sensitive teeth. These kinds of toothpaste are generally less abrasive than regular toothpaste and they contain ingredients that can strengthen your enamel.
2. Use a soft toothbrush
You should definitely be using a toothbrush with soft bristles if you aren’t already. This is because Toothbrushes with hard brushes can rub away your enamel and make your sensitivity worse.
3. Brush gently
Many people brush their teeth too hard and this can wear down the enamel. So, when you brush, be careful not to push down too hard. Instead, use a soft, gentle circular motion with your toothbrush. It’s kinder on your teeth but it still removes plaque and germs.
You could also consider buying an electric toothbrush, as some of these are designed to warn you when you’re applying too much pressure.
4. Cut down on acidic foods and drinks
Acidic foods and drinks, like orange juice, for example, can damage your enamel, which in turn can cause tooth sensitivity. For this reason, it’s best to reduce your consumption of acidic foods and drinks if you’re suffering from sensitive teeth. Also, remember that you should never brush your teeth immediately after consuming acidic foods, because the combined action of the acidity and the brushing can hurt your enamel.
5. Use a numbing gel
If none of the above methods worked, then consider using a numbing gel from a pharmacy. Most numbing gels can be obtained without a prescription. They are designed to numb the nerves in your teeth, thereby eliminating tooth sensitivity. However, it is best to speak to a dentist before using a numbing gel in the long-term.
6. Consider whether you need a nightguard
For some people, tooth sensitivity is caused by the grinding of their teeth during the night. Teeth grinding – also known as bruxism – can weaken your enamel and thereby lead to pain and sensitivity.
If you grind your teeth, then the solution is to wear a nightguard during the night. The nightguard will protect your teeth as you grind them.
To find out whether you need a nightguard, see your dentist. They will be able to tell you if you might benefit from a nightguard.
7. See a dentist
It’s always a good idea to talk to your dentist about any dental problems you’re suffering from, whether the problem is teeth sensitivity, pain or anything else. Your dentist can uncover the underlying cause of your problem and together, you can work on a treatment.
Furthermore, dentists can offer special treatments for sensitive teeth that you won’t be able to get elsewhere. This includes a fluoride tray, fluoride varnish and prescription toothpaste.
If you’d like to speak to a dentist about your teeth sensitivity, make an appointment by calling our friendly reception team.