If you have sensitive teeth there’s no doubt you’ve looked into the many products on the market made to help sensitive teeth. It may all seem a bit wash for those unacquainted with the extensive world that is dentistry, but it’s not all as daunting as it may seem! Let’s take a deeper look at the products out there that help people everyday cope with sensitive teeth!
Toothbrushes and Mouthwash
Toothbrush – When it comes to sensitive teeth, there is only one choice for a toothbrush; a soft bristled brush. This is in fact the best option for anyone as the soft bristles offer the same ability to remove plaque as harder bristled teeth while being gentle on your teeth and gums.
Mouthwash – When looking for a mouthwash get one with fluoride and avoid any acidic mouthwashes. Avoid citric acid where possible, and try to get a mouthwash with a neutral pH. Most store mouthwashes will have a more acidic pH rating and are a bit more abrasive so as to better clean teeth, but for people with sensitive teeth this can be a more painful experience.
Types of Toothpaste
There are two main types of desensitizing toothpastes out there, Potassium and Calcium desensitizers.
Potassium based desensitizers work by depolarizing areas of exposed root or dentin. This, over the course of 2-4 weeks, helps to reduce or eliminate tooth pain related to sensitivity. The downside of this is that it takes a while to work, but when it does work it works well.
Calcium based desensitizers work like the bodies natural remineralization process to protect the nerve endings. These toothpastes will plug open pores encasing the tooth calcium. The only drawback is that acid erosion and abrasive events during the day can reopen these pores which will lead to sensitivity again, so eat well during the day!
We recommend starting with Calcium based desensitizers. They are immediate relief that can help especially those that are suffering from the cold weather right now. If you’re wondering more about the effects of cold weather on your teeth, read our blog HERE about the effect of cold on sensitive teeth.
It Didn’t Work?!
If you’re still experiencing sensitive and painful teeth then you’re going to need a prescription given to you from a dentist. Make sure the next time you visit your primary care dentist (if you don’t have one, consider us!) you bring up your sensitive teeth. They will be able to make sure you get a toothpaste with the proper amount of desensitizing agent to help you through it.
If you have any questions about sensitive teeth for you or a family member then feel free to reach out to us at http://www.hospitaldentalgroup.com. Our highly trained staff has the answers you need to make sure you’re properly cared for and get the relief you need!