Tooth sensitivity is a condition that can severely affect your day-to-day life. It can prevent you from enjoying the foods and drinks you love, and even keep you from taking part in certain activities you are fond of.
The American Dental Association has conducted studies that show pain related to tooth sensitivity is the top oral health problem for adults in the United States. If you have ever felt a sharp jolt of pain in your teeth or your gums, do not ignore it — it will only get worse. Here are a few tips and tricks on how to deal with tooth sensitivity so you can keep enjoying your life.
Be Mindful of What & When You Eat
Sugary foods and fizzy drinks are delicious, and while they can be responsible for increased tooth sensitivity, you don’t have to cut them out completely. Simply have them with a meal, and don’t brush your teeth immediately after eating. We promise, this isn’t crazy.
Some of these kinds of foods and drinks can soften the enamel of your teeth so it’s actually best to wait an hour or so before brushing to prevent causing even more damage to your enamel.
Use Homemade Remedies
Oil pulling is a technique that has been used for many years. All you need to do is take a spoonful of melted coconut oil and swish it around in your mouth for 20 seconds, spit it out, and rinse with warm water. Make this a daily practice and you can decrease tooth sensitivity and even whiten your teeth over time.
When pain arises, use clove oil. This acts as a mild analgesic. Add a few drops to a carrier oil such as coconut or avocado oil and swish it in your mouth for instant pain relief.
Switch to Products Designed for Sensitive Teeth
You can buy toothpaste made for sensitive teeth in any supermarket. Look for a toothpaste containing at least 1350ppm (parts per million) of fluoride and use it twice a day. It can take up to two weeks to start seeing an improvement so be patient and keep brushing those teeth.
Invest in a good toothbrush with soft or medium bristles. Brush your teeth with small, circular movements and try to avoid brushing them from side to side. You should also change your toothbrush every two to three months, or even sooner if it becomes worn.
See a Dentist at LeCroy Dental
If the tips above do not help and your symptoms worsen, your tooth sensitivity could have some more serious underlying cause. In this case, you need to see a dentist who can advise on addressing the cause and not just the effect.
Our practice is located in Hoover, Alabama: If you are in the area, contact us and schedule an appointment with one of our dentists to get professional help in dealing with tooth sensitivity!