Dr. Amy recommends you follow the following guidelines if you have sensitive teeth:
-Brush and floss regularly
Keeping your teeth and gums clean can help prevent receding gums which often lead to root sensitivity. Roots of teeth are sensitive because they are made of soft cementum instead of hard enamel.
-Don't brush too hard or too often
Aggressively scrubbing your teeth and gums with your toothbrush or more frequently than your dentist recommends can contribute to gum recession and wear your enamel. When you brush your enamel away you get exposed dentin and tooth sensitivity.
-Use a softer toothbrush
A softer toothbrush can help to reduce the effects of pushing too hard when brushing and help to protect your enamel and gums.
-Use toothpaste for sensitive teeth
Sensitivity toothpastes can provide daily relief from pain due to sensitivity when used twice a day. Enamel and dentin look like a sponge in a microscope. You need potassium nitrate found in sensitivity toothpaste to plug those holes to keep teeth less sensitive. For very sensitive teeth trying putting some of the paste on your finger and rubbing it into that part of the tooth.
-Visit us regularly for exams and cleanings
We can advise you if you are brushing too hard since we chart out your gum recession. Also, we can clean the plaque and tarter off hard to reach spots preventing recession.
-Make sure you are not grinding your teeth
Grinding causes thinning or loss of the enamel. The dentin which is under the enamel is the insulator for the nerve and has larger holes than the enamel. Exposed dentin can be very sensitive because air and liquids can penetrate those holes. Come in and see us about a night guard if you grind your teeth-we make ones that will surprise you how comfortable they are to wear.