If you’re like most adults, you’ve likely experienced tooth pain and sensitivity at least once, as tooth sensitivity, pain, and irritation are the most common dental ailments reported by dentists. Some of the more common causes of pain and sensitivity are gingivitis, teeth grinding, overused or improperly applied teeth whitening products, chipping, and even just normal wear and tear. While severe or extended tooth sensitivity and pain require professional consultations and treatments, there are ways to effectively mitigate brief, less severe bouts of tooth sensitivity, irritation, and mild pain. As with almost any disease or ailment of the teeth and gums, the first step to preventing, reducing, or even reversing an issue such as mild tooth sensitivity is through regular and consistent flossing and brushing. Yet what can you do in addition to flossing and brushing to reduce the symptoms of tooth sensitivity?
Treating Tooth Sensitivity
The second step to treating tooth sensitivity involves choosing the right toothbrush and toothpaste. Tooth sensitivity is caused by nerve irritation in the dentin, located in the inner portion of the tooth, which is exposed from either wear and tear, damaged or chipped teeth, or if the gums recede at the base of the tooth. By choosing a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste specifically made for sensitive teeth, and by more gently brushing your teeth at the gum line, you can reduce the inflammation of your gum tissue. Over time the components of the specialty toothpaste will also help to make your teeth less sensitive as well. In addition to these changes to your regular dental hygiene regimen, cutting out acidic foods and beverages that are excessively hot or cold can help reduce and pain, irritation, or sensitivity. Finally, consider using a fluoride mouthwash throughout the day, as the fluoride can help decrease the sensitivity of your teeth.