Countless individuals suffer from the discomfort of sensitive teeth. Sensitive teeth can be caused by many things, including receding gums, toothbrush abrasion and gum disease. Fortunately, there are a few different ways to fix sensitive teeth, at least temporarily. From special mouthwashes to an emergency trip to the dentist, you can improve your dental health and level of comfort by combating sensitive teeth.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Desensitising toothpaste
- Fluoride rinse
- Soft or electric toothbrush
Purchase an electric toothbrush. This can help remove plaque more efficiently and gently than traditional scrubbing with a manual brush, which can be too harsh on the gums. If you are unable to purchase an electric toothbrush, try a soft toothbrush that will clean your teeth without damaging tooth enamel. A soft brushing actually does more good than a rough scrub of the teeth and gums.
Invest in a fluoride rinse and use it at least once a day. These are available over-the-counter at your local grocery store. For those with moderate tooth decay, a fluoride rinse will clean the teeth, freshen the breath, and strengthen teeth against sensitivity. If you still experience significantly sensitive teeth after using the rinse for a few weeks, consider contacting your dentist for a stronger prescription rinse.
Brush with a desensitising toothpaste. These often contain special ingredients that separate the sensations you feel from the nerve in your gums. You will need to use this for at least a week or two, before noticing results. If you are not able to reduce or stop sensitivity with the toothpaste, your dentist can apply a special gel.
Keep a diary of foods you eat daily, and try to find a relation between what you eat and your level of sensitivity. Some foods that are acidic or particularly cold like fruit or ice cream, can cause tooth sensitivity. Eliminate any foods that seem to produce a pattern of tooth sensitivity.
Tips and warnings
- If you still struggle with pain or discomfort, bring this journal into your dentist's office and discuss professional solutions such as bonding agents or a root canal.
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