There are many reasons why you might have tooth sensitivity, but sensitivity generally occurs when the enamel is worn away from your teeth or your gums have moved away and exposed your gums. If you are one who suffers from tooth sensitivity in Chandler, Arizona, our Fountains Family Dental Center team has some helpful tips for you! While you’re at home, try doing the following things:
Change your brand of toothpaste
Some brands of toothpaste tend to make tooth sensitivity worse, like whitening and tartar-control toothpaste. So if you’re currently using one of these pastes, it’s time to stop. We strongly encourage switching from your current paste to a desensitizing paste so you can protect and block the pathways that lead to the nerves of your teeth.
Take it easy on your teeth
Do your best to be gentle as you clean your teeth. Avoid scrubbing too vigorously and please do not ever use a hard-bristled toothbrush. Always brush with a soft-bristled toothbrush, and be careful not to put extreme amounts of pressure on the brush. If the bristles are squished or if they are pointing in several different directions, you’re brushing too hard.
Avoid eating acidic foods
Whether you believe it or not, acidic foods and drinks can make your tooth sensitivity worse, which is why we recommend avoiding products like marinara sauce, tomatoes, oranges, soda, and lemons.
If these tips fail to help you, please call 480-359-1483 and schedule an appointment with your dentist, Dr. Thomas Burke, DMD and Cameron Blyth, DMD. A major dental issue may be the cause of your discomfort. We are here to help you in any way we can, and we look forward to your phone call!