Tooth sensitivity is uncomfortable – and unnecessary! Extreme sensitivity is a result of exposed nerve endings when the protective coating that insulates these nerves is eroded away. If you’ve been living with tooth sensitivity, consider these suggestions for reducing pain or decreasing the likeliness of nerve exposure:
Use a soft toothbrush
Many people believe that brushing harder means keeping their teeth cleaner, but you might actually be doing more harm than good! Sensitivity occurs due to erosion of the protective layers on your teeth, so by brushing too hard or with a hard-bristled toothbrush, you’re actually promoting that sensitivity! Brushing with a soft-bristled brush in small, circular motions, will allow you to remove plaque without damaging your teeth.
Brush with specially designed toothpaste
There are toothpastes designed specifically to desensitize teeth and gums, and they really work! In contrast, whitening toothpastes often erode tooth enamel and lead to increased sensitivity as they wear down the natural structure of your teeth.
Keep your routine
Slacking off on brushing and flossing is no way to keep your teeth and gums in top shape! Skipping a brushing session allows for harmful bacteria and acids to build up on your teeth, and can lead to early tooth decay that causes sensitivity.
Avoid acidic foods
Sodas, energy drinks, and other acidic foods chemically erode tooth enamel and can cause sensitivity as nerve endings become exposed. Eating sugar-free gum shortly after acidic foods can help stimulate saliva to neutralize acid production in your mouth.