Taking Care of Sensitive Teeth
If your teeth hurt after a taste of frozen yogurt or a hot cocoa, your teeth might be a bit sensitive. Sensitive teeth shouldn’t make you wince when you brush or floss, but millions of people deal with it day-to-day. This discomfort isn’t something you should have to live with. There are ways to treat your teeth and stop the pain.
Sensitive teeth happen when your enamel wears thin. The enamel can thin from abrasive brushing, acidic drinks, or teeth grinding. At the first sign of sensitive teeth, you should make an appointment with Dr. Real. There are a few ways, however, that you can treat yourself from home while you wait for your appointment.
- Desensitizing toothpaste: Sensitive teeth isn’t something that can be fixed with dental fillings, so while you wait try using a desensitizing toothpaste. These toothpastes lower your sensitivity by filling the channels in your dentin.
- Keep sensitive spots covered: Before you go to bed at night, put some of that desensitizing toothpaste on a cotton swab and brush it lightly over the spots before bed. Leave it there—don’t rinse—but if necessary, spit.
- Fluoride rinse: You can get a fluoride rinse without a prescription at any pharmacy. Use it once a day, swish it around in your mouth, and spit it out. This can help decrease sensitivity. If necessary, Dr. Real can prescribe you a stronger one.
- Clean your teeth: It sounds silly, but simply keeping your teeth clean and free of plaque and tartar can go a long way towards decreasing your sensitivity. Brush every day, twice a day for the best results.
- Soft toothbrush: A soft toothbrush will not only keep from wearing at your enamel, but it’ll also be much more gentle with your teeth and shouldn’t hurt as much.
While the above remedies are good temporarily, Dr. Real can assess exactly how to treat your sensitive teeth. If you’re noticing your teeth are sensitive, call (714) 525-2888 to make an appointment with Dr. Real.