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Dealing with Sensitive Teeth

Hannah Johnson - Friday, August 10, 2018 - 


Do you usually avoid cold or hot drinks because you know they’ll make your teeth hurt? Sensitive teeth could be caused by acidic foods, brushing too hard, clenching teeth, or over-bleaching. Fortunately, sensitive teeth can be treated and your symptoms can improve! Read our tips below to find out how you can ease the pain:

Switching to desensitizing toothpaste is the best place to start when dealing with sensitive teeth. A lot of toothpaste have teeth whitening properties that could cause teeth sensitivity so by switching to a toothpaste that is specifically for desensitizing teeth, should help tremendously. If it doesn’t help at first, we recommend going through the entire bottle before giving up hope.
 
Essential oils can ease the pain. If you’re looking for a more natural way to ease temporary tooth sensitivity, peppermint, clove, and cinnamon essential oils are a great place to start! You can dilute the oils with a carrier oil such as coconut or almond oil and rub on the affected area.
 
Be aware of how much acid is in your diet. Food and drinks like wine, fruit juice, carbonated drinks, citrus, and pickled foods can hurt your enamel and can cause irreversible enamel-loss. It would benefit your oral health to limit these things in your diet. When consuming these acidic foods and drinks, you should brush or at least rinse your teeth with water 20 minutes after.
 
If you’re grinding your teeth, you may need a mouth guard. If you are waking up in the morning with pain in your jaw and teeth, you may be grinding your teeth at night and wearing away your tooth enamel. If you think that may be the case, you should talk to us about a mouth guard to protect your teeth.
 
Change the way you brush. If you have a hard or medium bristle toothbrush, this could be the cause of your tooth sensitivity. Try switching out your brush to a soft-bristle brush to alleviate your symptoms. If you have a soft-bristle brush but are still having sensitivity, you may be brushing too hard so try brushing a little easier tonight before bed.

 

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