Tips to improve sensitive teeth
Teeth sensitivity is really annoying especially for ice cream lovers like me 🙂
Teeth become sensitive when the outer protection of the tooth (the enamel) is damaged or worn down due to many reasons.
To help improve sensitive teeth, we have put together our top 10 tips for you:
1 Soft toothbrush
One of the main causes of tooth wear is either brushing too hard or using a toothbrush with tough bristles. Aggressive brushing may damage your gums and shrink it away from the teeth which can cause teeth sensitivity.
2 Sensitive toothpaste
Sensitive toothpaste assists to form a protective barrier and fill porous areas of the tooth. This prevents the temperature from travelling into a tooth causing sensitivity. To see the effects of the toothpaste you need to use it for at least 2 weeks.
3 Avoid acidic food and drink
Acidic food and drink wear the enamel of your teeth which can cause sensitivity. If you are a fan of acidic juice, drink plenty of water after.
4 Eat alkaline foods
In general, alkaline foods are better for oral health such as cheese, milk, leafy greens and crunchy vegetables.
5 Avoid abrasive whitening toothpaste
While whitening toothpaste can make your teeth white, long term use of abrasive toothpastes can make your teeth sensitive.
6 Tooth Mousse
Tooth Mousse is a strong product which can help reduce tooth sensitivity. Tooth Mousse can be applied directly to the sensitive area to provide extra cover for teeth and help neutralise the acid.
7 Teeth grinding or clenching
Teeth grinding may lead to wearing teeth down to stumps, fracturing or loosening a tooth. Ask your dentist to make a mouth guard if you grind your teeth.
8 Do not brush your teeth immediately after eating
Brushing teeth immediately after eating while your mouth is in an acidic condition, can do more harm than good. It is best to rinse your mouth or drink plenty of water immediately, then brush after 30 minutes.
9 Chewing Gum
Sugar-free chewing gum helps you in treating sensitive teeth and triggers the production of saliva which helps in the hardening of the softened teeth.
10 Visit the dentist regularly
Seeing your dentist will help determine the possible causes as to why your teeth are getting sensitive. There may be underlying causes for your sensitive teeth that need to be seen to. Application of concentrated topical fluoride will protect tooth enamel.