Sensitive Teeth Causing You Problems?

Sensitive teeth can be a very painful problem for those who suffer with it. It is always advisable to see a dentist to determine the reason you have painful or sensitive teeth. There are a wide range of reasons that you may be having tooth sensitivity. You may be one of the individuals that genetically have weaker enamel. Gum recession causing the dentin of your tooth to show can be another reason for sentitive teeth. Another cause of sensitivitiy has to do with the enamal wearing down over time with age.

You may be told to use sensitive specific toothpaste such as Sensodyne Toothpaste, or Pronamel Sensitive. These toothpastes block the little tubes that are in your teeth naturally. You will need to continue using these toothpastes for as long as you don’t want sensitivity. Whitening toothpastes and hydrogen peroxide whitening can increase tooth sensitivity so please avoid these.

It is very important to find a soft or ultra soft toothbrush. Harder bristled toothbrushes can wear down gum tissues exposing the dentin of the root. The Enamel of our teeth is very hard, dentin on the other hand is soft in comparison. If you brush this dentin too hard, you can actually begin to wear away parts of your tooth creating sensitivity.

By brushing properly you reduce your risk of cavities, gum recession, and damaging exposed dentin. Make sure to brush your teeth with the bristles of the brush at a 45-degree angle to the teeth. Stop using back and forth motions; instead use small circular motions. Circular motions reduce the damage to your gums and to the dentin. Electric toothbrushes can do this motion for you if you decide this is more up your alley.

Mouthwashes with high alcohol content should always be avoided. Alcohol in mouthwash dries out your mouth and can damage soft tissues over time.  Flossing is definitely a must also. When it comes to flossing, just do it.  It doesn’t matter if you used waxed or unwaxed floss.

Dentist must see a patient that has sensitive teeth.  It is very important to your teeth and gums to determine what may be going on. Although a toothpaste change may help, you should still get checked out to make sure you don’t have a larger problem beginning.