Tooth sensitivity never comes at a good time. It can stop you from taking pleasure in your food or enjoying your leisure time; prevent you from concentrating at work; it can even keep you awake at night. If you are experiencing tooth sensitivity, the first thing to do is to seek the advice of your dentist. They will be able to advise you on how to look after your teeth at home.
Depending on what’s causing the problem, tooth sensitivity may be sharp and short in duration, or go on for longer, causing prolonged irritability and discomfort.
If your dentist has told you that you have sensitive teeth then read on to discover how to relieve sensitive teeth with good oral hygiene and the use of a toothpaste specifically designed for sensitive teeth.
The Main Triggers of Tooth Sensitivity
One of the most common sensitive teeth symptoms is a sharp sensation in your teeth when drinking or eating something hot or cold, or even when your teeth are just exposed to cold air. You may also experience sensitivity when you’ve consumed something that is particularly acidic or sweet.
Understanding the root causes of sensitive teeth is the first step in how to relieve your sensitive teeth. These are the most common causes of sensitive teeth:
- Teeth grinding: Grinding can wear away your tooth enamel and expose dentine – the tissue that’s right next to the nerves at the centre of your teeth – causing further sensitivity.
- Brushing too hard: A toothbrush with hard bristles can be too abrasive on your gums and teeth, contributing to gum recession and worn enamel, which exposes the underlying dentine layer and increases the risk of tooth sensitivity.
- Teeth whitening treatments: Professional whitening treatments use strong chemicals that can result in short-term sensitive teeth symptoms.
- Poor diet: frequent snacking and consumption of acidic foods and drinks can result in loss of enamel minerals exposing the underlying dentine.
How to relieve Sensitive Teeth
The good news is that tooth sensitivity is manageable. Here’s how to relieve sensitive teeth:
1. See your dentist
It’s recommended you make an appointment to see your dentist if you experience sensitive teeth symptoms.
2. Use a soft toothbrush
Make sure you use a toothbrush with soft bristles, such as the Sensitivity Care Toothbrush. This enables you to brush gently but effectively to remove plaque and not exacerbate sensitivity.
3. Use a toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth
The best toothpastes for sensitive teeth will include both fluoride and ingredients specially designed to either shield the nerves from sensitivity triggers or numb the nerve discomfort.
Sensitive Mineral Active by Pepsodent Sensitivity Repair harnesses the power of minerals to restore sensitive areas of the teeth – relieving the discomfort caused by sensitivity and helps stop it from coming back with regular, twice daily use of the toothpaste**.
If you’re experiencing the symptoms of sensitive teeth and wondering how to relieve tooth sensitivity, hopefully these tips help ease your discomfort.
* Sensitive areas refers to open dentinal tubules. Based on In vitro Study, 2019.
** With regular use as per pack instructions.