Tips for sensitive teeth

Do you find yourself wincing after brushing your teeth? Does eating cold ice cream or drinking hot coffee sting? If so, you might have sensitive teeth!  

Sensitive teeth are usually the result of worn tooth enamel or receding gums. With both these conditions, the nerves in your teeth become exposed which causes the pain associated with certain foods or toothpaste.  

Luckily, sensitive teeth are curable, and the problem is normally resolved within months. Here are some tips to ease discomfort and minimize teeth sensitivity 

Change your brushing habits 

If you have to change your toothbrush often due to fraying bristles, you might be brushing too hard! Yes, there is such a thing as brushing your teeth too hard. Aggressive brushing can lead to gum recession and teeth sensitivity. Instead, opt for a soft bristle brush and use slower circular motions. 

Pick up a new toothpaste 

There are countless toothpastes designed specifically for sensitive teeth. A lot of these products contain ingredients like potassium nitrate which decreases activity from dental sensory nerves. For these products to be effective, it’s important to use them regularly and not just when teeth are sensitive.  

Stay away from acidic foods and drinks  

Acidic food and drinks like soda, fruit juice, pickles and oranges cause damage to teeth enamel if consumed regularly. To minimize damage, avoid these products as much as possible. When you do eat an orange or drink a soda, wait at least 20 minutes before brushing your teeth after. This will stop any further damage from occurring. 

Visit your dentist 

Visiting the dentist is one of the best ways to find a solution to your teeth sensitivity problems! Make an appointment with Jackson Dental, and we’ll help you find ways to minimize teeth sensitivity! Call us at (573) 243-5200 or stop by our office at 3100 E Jackson Blvd., Jackson, Mo. to get an appointment scheduled.