Before we dive on in, you might want to watch this excellent video from Oral B. It is a little bit ad-y at the end, but it does a great job at explaining what tooth sensitivity is, as well as what can cause it:
Now that you know a little bit about tooth sensitivity, here are a few things that you should keep in mind if you experience it.
- Bringing this issue up to your dentist is a must.
You may have already done this. If so, good work! Just be sure to let your dentist know if the amount of sensitivity you experience increases. Or decreases! Tooth sensitivity lessening or disappearing may seem like a blessing, but you should still discuss it with a dental professional, in case this change is actually being caused by another oral health issue.
If you have yet to speak about this issue with your dentist, you should do so as soon as possible. Trust us on this one.
- Buying specialized toothpaste is a good choice.
If you have sensitive teeth and have not opted to purchase specially formulated toothpaste for sensitive teeth, you should do so immediately. Make sure that you pick up a toothpaste that is fluoridated and NOT tartar-controlled.
- Skimping on brushing is a no-no.
Since tooth sensitivity means that you have sensitive teeth (we hear how that sounds and we don’t care), brushing your teeth might be a less-than-fun experience, with or without “sensitive tooth” toothpaste.
But not properly brushing can lead to other oral health problems and the last thing you want is to add more dental aches and pains to your mouth, right? So pick up a soft-bristled toothbrush and brush gently—and very gently around your gums—for two minutes, twice a day.
Oh and don’t forgot to replace this every 3-4 months, since, as we explained in The #1 Toothbrush Care Faux Pas (And A Few Tips To Help You Avoid Committing It), bristles can be worn down with prolonged use, which makes tooth brushing less effective.
- There are in-office solutions out there.
Many dental offices offer services that can help alleviate tooth sensitivity, such as dentin sealers, fluoride varnishes and white fillings/bondings. We do! Give us a call if you have any questions or go right ahead and request an appointment.