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How Can I Ease Tooth Sensitivity?

August 28, 2023 9:00 am

Tooth sensitivity is uncomfortable. It can feel like a mild twinge, but some people experience short, sharp pains. Often this discomfort is triggered by eating something hot, cold, sour, or sweet. How do you ease the unpleasant sensation?

  • Use Sensitivity Toothpaste

    There are many types of toothpaste, including ones for sensitivity! Toothpaste for sensitive teeth calms your teeth’s nerves by blocking pain receptors, so they’re less vulnerable to triggers like heat and cold. It can take a few weeks for the toothpaste to start working, and once you know it works, it should be used as your permanent toothpaste.

  • Use Alcohol-free Mouthwash

    Mouthwashes help heal gum inflammation, but they can ease sensitivity, too! There are several kinds made specifically for sensitive teeth. Mouthwashes with fluoride also help remineralize tooth enamel, which keeps sensitivity at bay. For best results, we recommend an alcohol-free mouthwash.

  • Use Soft-Bristled Toothbrushes

    Tooth sensitivity is often caused by thinning enamel or receding gums exposing the roots of the teeth. If you use a toothbrush with medium or hard bristles, you could make your condition worse. Soft-bristled toothbrushes are gentler, and they still remove plaque and food debris from your teeth.

  • Wear a Nightguard

    Do you grind your teeth at night? Grinding wears down your enamel, causing tooth sensitivity. Nightguards – which are mouthguards worn only at night – provide a protective cushion around your teeth. You may still clench your jaw, but your teeth won’t rub directly against each other.

Treating Tooth Sensitivity at Lefler Dental in Hot Springs Village, Ar

Maintaining good oral health at home and visiting the dentist for regular cleanings may help prevent tooth sensitivity, but if you’re experiencing those characteristic short, sharp pains, we can help! You might require dental fillings on exposed root surfaces or the application of a professional in-office desensitizer to address the issue. Please contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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