Treating tooth sensitivity


Does eating 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.

If you’re struggling with sensitive teeth, here are some simple tips for soothing them!

Desensitizing toothpaste
If your toothpaste irritates your sensitive smile, try looking at the ingredients list. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) is a detergent found in many toothpastes and can cause increased sensitivity. Switch from toothpastes that contain SLS to ones created for sensitive teeth.

Gentle oral hygiene
There is such a thing as brushing your teeth too hard. Aggressive brushing can lead to gum recession, which contributes to tooth sensitivity. Instead, choose a soft-bristled toothbrush, gentle brushing, and flossing to avoid further enamel wear.

Avoid trigger foods/drinks
Certain foods and drinks — such as chilly ice cream or steaming hot soup – may trigger tooth sensitivity. To avoid pain, limit acidic, sugary, hot, or cold items and rinse with water afterward.

Maintain oral health
Maintaining a consistent oral hygiene routine helps keep your smile healthy. By scheduling regular dental check-ups, cleanings and fluoride treatments, you can help reduce sensitivity.

By practicing gentle oral hygiene, maintaining dental visits, and avoiding triggers, you can enjoy a pain-free smile.

If it’s been a while since you visited the dentist, give Jackson Dental a call at (573) 243-5200 or visit us at 3100 E on Jackson Blvd to set up an appointment.