How to Get Relief from Sensitive Teeth

There’s probably nothing worse than that feeling you get when your teeth zing and ruin the pleasure of eating your favorite food.

Sensitive teeth are a common complaint here in Encino. Fortunately, there’s an effective solution out there that can reduce your dental sensitivity, depending on the cause.

Here are some of the best ways to treat sensitive teeth. All of them are available here at Encino Dental Studio or from your local drugstore.

 

Use a Desensitizing Toothpaste

Desensitizing toothpaste formulas have potassium nitrate which helps insulate thin enamel on teeth. Start with an over-the-counter brand and see full results in just two weeks.

 

Get More Fluoride Exposure

Fluoride is a mineral that’s crucial to strengthening your enamel against bacteria and food acids. Use fluoride rinses and toothpastes at home and ask an Encino dentist about professional strength fluoride treatments.

 

Switch to a Softer Toothbrush

Your current toothbrush may be too rough. Soft or extra-soft bristles are best since they won’t abrade your tooth enamel. Or, use an electric brush and let it do all of the work for you (just make sure it’s soft, too!)

 

Avoid Harsh Teeth Whitening Products

Teeth whitening products usually contain either an abrasive ingredient like baking soda for scrubbing out stain or a mild bleach like hydrogen peroxide. Both of these elements can wear down enamel and make your teeth sensitive. Instead, opt for a safer professional product without harsh preservatives.

 

Have Your Teeth Checked by Our Encino Dentist

If nothing you try seems to work, then you need a professional evaluation to determine what’s making your teeth so sensitive.

You may have gum recession that’s exposing your tooth roots to temperature changes, plaque, and food acids. Dental bonding or even gum shaping can remedy this situation.

A sensitive tooth could also be caused by a serious problem like decay, fracture, or dental abscess. An Encino dentist like Dr. Jamsheed can take a look to rule out the possibility of such problems.

Are you a little sore over your sensitive teeth? Start your journey to relief by calling Encino Dental Studio to schedule a consultation.

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