Sensitive Teeth Aren’t Fun, But There Are Things You Can Do
We try to keep our social media posts light and fun when we can. But some of the things we discussed on social media this week aren’t all that fun. For example, we talked about oral cancer, a serious disease that’s most treatable when caught early.
Another topic we discussed than can be quite painful and unpleasant is sensitive teeth. No, you can’t die for tooth sensitivity, but you can feel really bad in certain circumstances.
Avoiding the pain starts with avoiding so-called trigger foods that cause sensitivity to happen. This includes very cold or very hot foods, depending on your situation. In some cases, consuming them in small quantities can result in less sensitivity.
Next, select the right toothbrush – ideally one made for sensitive teeth. You want the softest bristles possible. Stuff bristles put more pressure on teeth and gums and can result in abrasions that increase the amount of sensitivity you feel.
Finally, go for a sensitivity toothpaste. This specialty product costs more than some regular toothpastes but is designed to help you experience less pain and unpleasantness. The products usually contain fluoride – which is known to decrease sensitivity (although biocompatible dental clinics like Brighton Dental aren’t big fans of fluoride) -- and are non-abrasive. Simply switching to a carefully chosen sensitivity toothpaste can do a lot to reduce your symptoms.
We also told you this week that certain foods – like bananas, for example – can coat your teeth to decrease some kinds of sensitivity.
At Brighton Dental, we want your teeth to feel as good as they look, so we’ll help you find sensitivity solutions that work for you. It’s part of our gentle dental commitment to you and all our patients. In San Diego, no one is more concerned about your dental and oral health than we are.
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