Tooth sensitivity is quite inconvenient, especially because it can make eating and drinking hot and cold foods and drinks very painful. It can even make breathing cold air uncomfortable! If you’re like many people, you’re looking for ways to soothe your tooth sensitivity. Our dentist, Dr. Roy A. Smith, III, is more than happy to help you by giving you the following tips:
-Change the brand of toothpaste you use: This can help because whitening toothpaste and extremely abrasive toothpaste can harm the tooth enamel and bother the gums, making them pull away from the base of the teeth and expose the roots. It’s best to switch to a paste that is gentler on the teeth and gums and a paste that can help with tooth sensitivity, like fluoride or desensitizing toothpaste.
-Don’t be too tough on the teeth: Brushing hard or brushing with a hard-bristled toothbrush can wear down the tooth enamel and irritate the gums. It’s best to avoid doing these things. Instead, use a gentler brushing routine and use a soft-bristled toothbrush.
-Use fluoride: Fluoride is a natural mineral that can strengthen your tooth enamel and block the channels that lead to the tooth nerves. So, do your best to expose your smile to fluoride regularly. You can do this by brushing with fluoride toothpaste, using fluoride mouthwash, drinking fluoridated water and receiving a professional fluoride treatment.
To learn more about how to soothe tooth sensitivity in Vestavia Hills, Alabama, please contact Rocky Ridge Dental Associates and talk to a member of our dental team. When you dial 205-979-8070, we will be more than happy to help you, even if it’s just by answering your questions. We look forward to hearing from you!