How to Ease Tooth Sensitivity

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Tooth sensitivity is a common problem and can lead to discomfort while eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing.  Some individuals suffer from tooth sensitivity due to overly vigorous brushing habits, gum recession, exposed tooth roots, tooth decay, gum disease, or worn tooth enamel. If you are looking for a way to reduce your tooth sensitivity, take a closer look at the tips discussed in this article.

Invest In Desensitizing Toothpaste

Many dentists recommend that patients with tooth sensitivity invest in desensitizing toothpaste. These are different than traditional toothpastes as they contain a compound specially designed to block the transmission of sensation from the tooth’s surface down to the nerve roots. If this does not provide relief, your dentist may recommend the use of in-office fluoride gel to reduce the transmission of sensations by strengthening the enamel.

Avoid Certain Foods and Drinks

Certain foods and drinks can trigger pain and sensitivity when your teeth are already compromised. This typically includes foods and drinks that are sugary, sweet, hot, or cold. Items that are extremely acidic can also trigger tooth sensitivity.

Watch How You Brush

Brushing can be difficult when you have sensitive teeth, but you can help minimize the risk of sensitivity and pain by brushing your teeth properly. Start by holding a soft-bristled toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gum line and using small, circular motions to gently massage your teeth and gums. Once you have completed the outside of your teeth, you can move on to the inside and chewing surfaces.

Visit Your Dentist

One of the best ways to ease tooth sensitivity is to visit your dentist. An experienced dentist will not only be able to determine the underlying cause of your sensitivity and provide at-home tips, but may also be able to provide additional treatments to ease the pain.

Don’t let tooth sensitivity interfere with your daily life. For more information about how to put an end to your tooth sensitivity, contact Oak Creek Dental Care at (614) 882-5525 today! You can also set up an appointment with our Columbus, Ohio emergency dentists by visiting us online.

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