I didn’t really have that much of an issue with my sensitive teeth when I was younger. However, over the past few years, it has gotten pretty bad, which is understandable since your teeth get more sensitive over time. Some other things that increases sensitivity in your teeth includes wear and tear from improper toothbrushes, tooth decay, and acidic food.
Over time, I’ve learned some important tips on how to decrease and deal with having sensitive teeth. So, here are some quick bites (see what I did there?) on coping, maintaining, and decreasing tooth sensitivity.
- Brush and Floss Regularly – Why not begin with a “Duh!” point? Even though regular brushing (2-3x a day ) is a requirement for healthy teeth, a lot of people still defer from this. People with sensitive teeth are probably some of the main culprits, because the sensation from brushing and toothpaste causes them to brush as infrequent as possible. However, there are plenty of toothpastes on the market that can help. My personal fav at the moment is Colgate’s Enamel Health Multi-Protection Toothpaste, which helps relieve tooth sensitivity while fighting cavities, whitening teeth, freshening breath, replenishing natural calcium for strong, healthy enamel and protects against enamel erosion. All that awesome stuff! (NOTE: Brushing more than 3x a day can actually do more harm than good and increase the sensitivity. So, limit yourself to 2-3 times a day.)
- Use Proper Toothbrush – Aside from brushing regularly, having the proper toothbrush is a HUGE key in helping to relieve sensitivity. A soft-bristle brush that is made specifically for sensitive teeth is important. Try the new Colgate Sensitive Toothbrush + Built-In Sensitivity Relief Pen. This new toothbrush is designed to provide quick and lasting sensitivity relief 24/7, right to the source of pain. I noticed reduced sensitivity within a little over week after daily use. So, look for that one.
- Avoid High Acidic Food – Foods(citrus fruit) and beverages (sodas) that are high in acid helps dissolve the enamel of your teeth and exposes your nerves, which in return causes the sensitivity in your teeth to increase.
- Don’t Grind Teeth – Up until a few a years ago, I was a major tooth grinder. Maybe not a professional grinder, but a really good amateur. I used to grind my teeth without even knowing that I was doing it. However, I stopped once I realized that it was applying pressure and weakening my teeth which caused my gumline and nerves to act up. If you grind your teeth, especially at night, might I suggest you grab and sleep with a teeth guard to prevent you from grinding your teeth while you sleep.
- Regular Dental Visits – Well, we started with a Duh! point, so we might as well end with one. I can shamefully admit that I don’t do regular dentist visits, which is every 6 months. However, that is about to change soon, because I recently decided that this is the year that I’m going to finally get my oral health game up to par and that will, more than likely, including getting braces. Yes, I will be that 30+ year old with braces, but I can no longer put it to the side. Therefore, my dentist is about to become my BFF and my wallet’s sworn enemy. With regular visits to your dentist, they will be able to inform you of any new changes or concerns with your teeth before you even notice it. Aren’t you sick of only going to the dentist when you feel like your tooth is trying to rip your heart heart through a cavity? Yeah, I thought so.
So, there are my tips on how to deal and decrease tooth sensitivity. I hope you take these tips and products to mind the next time you feel your teeth being all sensitive and everything.