tooth_sensitivityTooth sensitivity is a big concern for our Gilbert patients.  They don’t want “ouch!” to be the first thing they say when they drink that icy lemonade or take a bite of trail mix. If you’re suffering from sensitive teeth, read on for tips to alleviate the pain.

What causes tooth sensitivity?

  1. Brushing too hard. Applying too much pressure to the tooth enamel when you brush breaks it down over time and cause sensitivity. 
  2. Gum disease. Bacteria buildup at the gum line causes pain and swelling that leads to tooth sensitivity. 
  3. Teeth grinding. Like brushing too hard, grinding your teeth also damages your enamel. 
  4. Cracked teeth. Cracked teeth expose sensitive areas of the tooth to hot, cold, bacteria, and tough or acidic foods, which leads to pain. 
  5. Acidic foods. Do you frequently eat acidic foods like citrus fruit, candy, and processed carbs? Or, do you not brush until long after after eating them? Either way, these foods can erode the enamel and lead to sensitivity-causing decay. 

How can you prevent sensitive teeth?

No matter what the cause of your tooth sensitivity, seeing your dentist regularly is key. At Creative Smiles, we take the time to determine what you need to experience less sensitivity as fast and as painlessly as possible.

4 at-home remedies that can help with tooth sensitivity:

  1. Gentle is best when you brush. Apply light pressure to the tooth, brush in circles, and try using a soft bristle toothbrush. Be sure to touch the gum line to remove bacteria. 
  2. Try a fluoride toothpaste that’s approved by the American Dental Association to help with sensitivity, such as Sensodyne Toothpaste (Fresh Impact, Fresh Mint)  or Colgate Total Advanced Deep Clean Toothpaste.
  3. Gargling with a warm saltwater rinse can fight sensitivity-causing bacteria. Add a teaspoon of salt to 8 ounces of warm water, swish it around your mouth several times, and spit it out. Read this article by Steven Lin, DDS to learn more about saltwater rinses, their benefits, and how to use them.
  4. If you clench your teeth, consider getting a mouth guard to protect your teeth from further damage.

Don’t feel your tooth sensitivity is something you have to grin and bear. If you have questions on what you can do to alleviate your pain based on your unique needs, give us a call today.