Tooth sensitivity is an annoying problem that plagues many people. Sharp, sudden pains shoot through your tooth’s nerve endings from sudden temperature changes when you consume cold or hot food and drink. The good news is that you can reduce sensitivity by being proactive with your oral hygiene. Here are some tips for reducing sensitivity in teeth.
Oral Hygiene Staples: Brushing & Flossing
Teeth can become sensitive for a number of reasons, some of these reasons include tooth decay and gum disease. If you are facing tooth decay or gingivitis, your gums can recede leaving nerve endings exposed and vulnerable. By brushing and flossing regularly, you clean your teeth of debris and bacteria that can lead to decay. Using a soft-bristled toothbrush can help to clean your gums without damaging them. (Don’t forget to read our article on what type of tooth brush you should be using.) When brushing, use toothpaste that is recommended for sensitive teeth. This can help to build up your teeth’s defense throughout the day and reduce sensitivity.
Stop Grinding Your Teeth!
Some people get into the habit of grinding their teeth, either consciously or unconsciously. Grinding of teeth can wear down tooth enamel and expose nerves. Make a conscious effort to stop grinding your teeth and save your enamel. If you grind your teeth at night, we recommend using a night guard or bruxing guard. At Sevenoaks Dental Group, we can take an impression of your teeth and make a custom guard perfect for your mouth. This will help with clenching and grinding.
The Obvious: Visit Dr. Nawrot
The best way to identify a problem and solve it is to visit the expert. If you are getting regular check-ups (every 6 months), we can help you identify problems earlier on and provide you with the right tools and tips.