Tips for People with Sensitive Teeth
If you have ever felt the sharp pain in your teeth from hot or cold drinks, or even brushing your teeth or a big breath of air, you know how uncomfortable sensitive teeth can be. But, while it is a common problem, it is not something you have to live with. Typically, sensitive teeth result from exposed tooth roots or worn enamel. Other times, a cavity, a worn filling, gum disease, or a chipped tooth can be the culprit.
Visit your dentist if you are affected by sensitive teeth to identify the root cause of the issue. Your dentist will help you determine the best course of action. In the meantime, here are a few tips for people with sensitive teeth.
Brush with a Sensitive Teeth Toothpaste
There is toothpaste on the market that contains ingredients that temporarily fill microscopic holes in your dentin and enamel. You will find relief in this because it will reduce the amount of exposure to the tooth nerves.
Use a Soft Toothbrush
Stiff brushes could worsen your sensitivity by wearing away more enamel and causing gums to recede more. Instead, use a soft bristle brush and brush gently to preserve the surface of your teeth and maintain gum integrity.
Do a Saltwater Mouthwash
Saltwater can balance the pH level inside your mouth, creating an alkaline environment that reduces bacterial growth and plaque. Mix two teaspoons of salt with a cup of warm water to make a mouthwash out of salt and water. Use the saltwater mouthwash morning and night until sensitivity improves.
If bacteria overgrowth is the root of your issue, coconut oil can help. Coconut oil can stop or slow bacteria growth in the mouth, break down plaque on teeth and remove germs from the gum surface. Use a tablespoon of melted coconut oil and swish it around inside your mouth for 20 seconds before spitting it out. Then, rinse your mouth out with a warm water rinse.
Monitor Food and Beverage Consumption
Reduce food or drink that makes your sensitive teeth worse. For example, acidic foods, like coffee, fruit, and sodas, can increase sensitivity. Monitor your diet and reduce or eliminate foods causing frequent discomfort.
If it is time for you to have a regular check-up or want to talk about teeth sensitivity issues, reach out to Value Dental Care. Our trained staff is always ready to help you with all your oral care needs. We offer high-quality care at affordable prices. Email or call us today to schedule an appointment at our Spring Hill (352-684-1274) or Crystal River (352-794-6139) locations.