How Do Experts Recommend You Treat Sensitive Teeth?
Sensitivity to hot, cold, or sugary foods and drinks, or cold air is common—most often in people aged 20–40. However, if it is making eating or drinking less enjoyable, there are things you can do, and it all starts with having a conversation with an expert—your dentist or hygienist.
Here are some things to do.
Talk to an Expert
Dentin hypersensitivity is not a disease, it’s a condition that develops over time, and is very treatable. In most cases, talking to an expert—your dentist or hygienist—can help find ways to treat and manage your day-to-day symptoms. Here are some things to discuss:
- Have you ever been diagnosed with sensitive teeth?
- Do you feel pain when you eat hot, cold, sweet or sour foods?
- Does cold weather affect your teeth?
- Do you find yourself avoiding certain foods, or chewing on one side of your mouth?
- How often do you brush your teeth and do you feel pain when you do?
Find out more about the typical symptoms of tooth sensitivity with our Online Check Up. Once you’ve filled it out, you’ll be provided with a dental profile that you can share with your dentist.
Keep a dental diary
To help your dentist’s diagnosis, keep a diary of your sensitivity. Jot down which foods or drinks cause you problems, how long the pain lasts, etc. The more detail you can give, the more your dentist can do to help.
Choose the right dental products
Switch to a softer toothbrush to cut down on the effects of aggressive brushing, and switch your standard daily toothpaste to one that is specially formulated for sensitive teeth. These low-abrasive toothpastes contain active ingredients that can help relieve sensitivity pain.
Your dentist will provide the best plan for you, and floss may be recommended. For added peace of mind, make sure you visit your dentist every 6 months for a check-up.
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