How-to: deal with sensitive teeth
Being sensitive has become somewhat en vogue. From sensitive new age guys (otherwise known as S.N.A.G.S) to sensitive skincare ranges and eco-sensitive ways of living – it seems the whole world is learning to embrace their soft side. Unfortunately, there’s nothing worth embracing when it comes to sensitive teeth. Causing intense toothache that often leads to anxiety over consuming certain foods and beverages, having sensitive teeth can be a real nightmare.
Thankfully, there is a way to make handling sensitive teeth easier. Here’s how…
Change your toothbrush
If you’ve been using a medium or hard bristled toothbrush, try swapping to a soft brush, which will be much less abrasive on the sensitive coating of your teeth.
Thanks to modern dental advancements, toothpaste designed specifically for sensitive teeth is now widely available, but not all sensitive dental care products are as effective as they claim to be, so read the label carefully. We recommend using a clinically proven dental care treatment gel like Sensodyne Rapid Relief, which works by creating a seal over sensitive teeth and a physical barrier to sensitivity triggers.
Avoid acidic foods
Acidic foods like chocolate and soft drinks can worsen pre-existing sensitivity, so it’s best to avoid them where possible, but if you have to eat them – try applying a protective gel first, to prevent sensitive teeth from being attacked by food acids.
See your dentist
Did you know that if traditional methods are not working, your dentist can actually give you a clinical treatment to reduce, if not altogether eliminate, sensitivity? Many dentists use oxate compounds which are rubbed into the teeth to stop sensation, they can also prescribe fluoride-rich mouthwashes, which will help to strengthen weakened sensitive teeth.