Sensitivity is a common complaint in our dental office. If you experience shooting pains when you sip on cold or hot drinks, it may be time to look for ways to treat your sensitivity. Fortunately, there are a few things that you can try at home, but if they don't provide the relief that you seek, please contact our office so that we can evaluate the problem.
Use a Toothpaste Formulated for Sensitive Teeth
There are several brands of toothpaste designed to help with your sensitivity, and most can be found at your local drug store. Some contain potassium nitrate, which blocks dentin tubules, and while it doesn't work for everyone, it is a good place to start if you experience sensitivity.
Avoid Acidic Beverages and Foods
Sticky candy, white bread, crackers, and soda all attack the enamel by producing acids. This can lead to sensitivity, so if you need a snack, try milk, plain yogurt, cheese, or crunchy vegetables instead. This will help you to avoid future sensitivity.
Get a New Toothbrush
It is possible that your toothbrush is the culprit behind your sensitivity. If the bristles are too hard, worn down, or frayed, you may damage the enamel when you brush. It is important to swap out your toothbrush every three months, but if you experience sensitivity before this marker, feel free to change brushes sooner. Always select a soft-bristled toothbrush.
Talk to Us If you try the previously mentioned tricks and still suffer from sensitivity, please contact our office so that we can help. For some patients, application of fluoride or another desensitizing agent can help. Bonding or sealing the teeth could also prove effective. The treatment that will work best for you will depend on your unique situation. Still experiencing sensitivity? Contact us today to set up your next cleaning and evaluation.