If you are experiencing tooth sensitivity when you eat or drink certain things (often hot or cold temperatures trigger tooth pain), here are a few things you can do to reduce your pain.
Many people find that switching to a toothpaste that is specially formulated for people with sensitive teeth is a quick and effective way to reduce pain. The key ingredients of sensitivity toothpaste are potassium nitrate and stannous fluoride. Potassium nitrate prevents pain signals from passing across the synapses, numbing the sensation of pain. Stannous fluoride works to form a protective barrier over sensitive areas so that they are not vulnerable.
We recommend soft-bristle toothbrushes for everyone, but this is particularly important for people with sensitive teeth. Soft-bristle toothbrushes are gentler on your enamel and will help to prevent pain.
If you are using a fluoride-free toothpaste, switch to one that contains fluoride. You can also have your dentist apply fluoride to the sensitive areas of your teeth in order to build up your enamel, which decreases sensitivity.
Avoid Acidic Foods
Citrus fruits, carbonated beverages, wine, and other acidic food and drinks remove tooth enamel, so if you are experiencing sensitivity it is a good idea to limit these. You can also prevent contact of acidic drinks with your teeth by opting to use a straw when you consume these beverages.
Regular Dentist Visits
Make sure that you are seeing your dentist for regular checkups in order to maintain good oral health. If you have tried following the above guidelines and are still suffering from sensitivity-related tooth pain, your dentist can come up with more recommendations to reduce and manage your tooth sensitivity.