How to treat sensitive teeth

If you have sensitive teeth, take the following steps.

1. Identify when your sensitivity beganyoung-lady-with-tooth-sensitivity-sml
Can you say with certainty that your molar started hurting after you chomped down on an unpopped popcorn kernel? If so, you may have cracked your tooth and need to see your dentist immediately.

2. Rate your degree of sensitivity
Do your teeth feel sore only on occasion or are you experiencing sharp pain on a frequent or continuous basis? If the latter, you need to see your dentist as soon as possible.

3. List triggers and when your teeth hurt
– All the time? Be more thorough and consistent with your brushing and flossing after every meal and you should notice an improvement in 2 weeks.
– When you brush? Use a soft-bristle toothbrush, a toothpaste for sensitive teeth, and a gentle hand. If the root of your tooth is exposed, wash your hands and use your fingertip instead of a toothbrush.
– When you consume hot or cold foods and beverages? Avoid ice and choose “just right” (neither too hot or too cold) drinks and foodstuffs.
– Only with certain foods? Highly acidic foods may destroy enamel and cause sensitivity so build up your enamel with an anti-microbial oral rinse that builds up tooth enamel.
– After you sleep? Consult your dentist about a mouth guard for possible teeth grinding.
– After whitening your teeth? Choose a less powerful product or use one less often.

4. Pinpoint exactly which teeth are sensitive
If only one tooth (or part of one tooth) is causing pain, you may have a cavity or crack. Consult your dentist.

5. Schedule regular check-ups with your dentist
Regular check-ups can reveal problems like loose fillings and exposed roots that lead to tooth sensitivity.

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