If you suffer from sensitive teeth, you feel it each time you drink coffee or a cold drink. Well, you are not alone! Did you know that some 60% of Canadians suffer from sensitive teeth? Here’s the good news: you can do something about it!
1. Use toothpaste for sensitive teeth.
Some types of toothpastes are specially formulated to relieve and even prevent pain and discomfort caused by sensitive teeth. These toothpastes also contain active ingredients that protect sensitive teeth. As there are quite a few different products to choose from, talk to your pharmacist, who can help you choose the one that’s right for you.
2. Use a soft-bristled brush.
Your choice of toothbrush plays an important role in preventing tooth sensitivity. Choose a brush with soft bristles to help prevent premature erosion of both tooth enamel and gums, which could be at the root of your tooth sensitivity.
3. Brush gently.
Brushing your teeth too vigorously or too often can cause gum erosion and damage the enamel. Brush your teeth gently and follow your health care professional’s instructions carefully.
4. Use dental products with fluoride.
Fluoride is a mineral that can have positive effects on your dental health. Use a good fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash to strengthen the enamel of your teeth.
5. Avoid grinding your teeth.
Grinding your teeth can damage the enamel. If you are grinding your teeth, talk to your dentist, who may want to fit you with a mouth guard to protect your teeth while you sleep.
6. Cut down on acidic foods and drinks.
Acidic drinks and foods can damage tooth enamel, making them more sensitive. Common examples of acidic foods and drinks include soft drinks, white wine and citrus fruits.
7. Practice good oral hygiene.
It pretty much goes without saying, but brushing and flossing both play a crucial role in preventing oral diseases.
8. See your dentist regularly.
A professional cleaning, a regular exam and great advice are just some of the ways your dentist can help decrease the sensitivity of your teeth.