How to Prevent and Lessen Tooth Sensitivity

Dental - Sensitive Toothpaste

Sensitive teeth may not seem as urgent as a throbbing toothache, but over time can be just as troublesome. Many of our patients have described giving up their favorite foods, taking over the counter pain medications, and other ways that their tooth sensitivity has disrupted their lives.

You are not helpless and do not need to suffer. We can help.

If your sensitivity is mild, you might start by trying a toothpaste designed specifically for sensitive teeth. These special toothpastes contain ingredients that help insulate and calm the nerves of your teeth. If that doesn’t work, we recommend scheduling a dental appointment where we can check for dental problems and clues about what is triggering your discomfort.

Some of our common recommendations include:

  • Using a soft toothbrush and brushing gently to prevent gum recession
  • Avoiding very hot, cold, or acidic foods (at least until we get you comfortable)
  • Treating GERD and acid reflux symptoms to protect your gums and tooth enamel
  • Toothpastes designed for sensitive teeth or enamel loss
  • Periodontal treatment or tooth repair as needed
  • Stress reduction techniques to prevent teeth clenching and grinding
  • A nightguard appliance if your sensitivity is due to grinding your teeth at night
  • Using fluoridated toothpastes and rinses to help insulate the sensitive area
  • Specific treatment to protect or repair areas where gums have receded
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