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6 Tips on How to Deal With Sensitive Teeth

For the first time, a gulp of that deliciously cold milkshake made you quiver with your jaw almost paralyzed with sharp twitching pain – and many more similar experiences followed whenever you consume very hot or very cold food and beverages. That’s sensitive teeth and it can be very frustrating. There are 5 tips on how to deal with sensitive teeth:

1. Cut down on sour food. The acid in certain food such as green mangoes and most citrus foods can destroy the protective covering of the teeth and suddenly you have hypersensitive teeth. If you cannot live without acidic foods, you may consider consuming them as a milkshake recipe or mash them into almost liquid form and use a straw.

2. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush. Brushing too hard using a toothbrush with hard bristles can damage your gums. Gum recession leaves your teeth more sensitive. To avoid this, you should brush gently and with just enough pressure to totally clean your mouth without harming your gums. Sometimes even brushing can trigger the pain. You can use toothpaste that is specially intended for sensitive teeth. This specialized toothpaste contains desensitizing agents that can render the tooth insensitive when exposed to foods that trigger the sensation.

3. Toothpaste with fluoride can aid in restoring and strengthening your damaged tooth enamel. Fluoride is best known for its action in protecting against dental cavities.

4. Floss regularly. Flossing regularly will remove trapped food particles that can cause dental cavities and unhealthy gums. You should floss gently and try not to harm your gums. Unhealthy gums can also result in overly sensitive teeth.

5. Avoid any mouthwash containing ingredients that are harsh to the teeth. Mouthwash with harsh ingredients can corrode your tooth enamel.

6. Visit your dentist at the dental clinic if you suffer from teeth grinding. The enamel can wear away when you clench your teeth which usually happens when you’re asleep. Your dentist will recommend a dental tool like a mouth guard to address grinding.

There are cases when discomfort from sensitive teeth is just temporary. But if the reasons are grave enough as to require professional help, an appointment with the dentist will prevent more serious problems in the future.

An exposed root, cracked tooth, damaged filling and even gum diseases should receive immediate dental treatment. They are not only causing you pain but they may also cause illness. You should also consult your dentist if a previous dental procedure such as tooth restoration or crown placement creates that distinctive painful sensation.

Best Whitening Toothpaste for Sensitive Teeth

Everyone wants whiter teeth but for some people, their teeth are far too sensitive to undergo dentist bleaching procedures or even use at home kits. The solution for these individuals is to find a sensitive formula toothpaste that has whitening ingredients so that they too can have whiter teeth without the pain and discomfort associated with bleaching. There are dozens of brands out there that claim to be made for sensitive mouths but the Sensodyne line of products seems to be the best in several regards.

Sensodyne is a dentist formulated paste that works to dull sensitivity associated with exposed dentin. Though this paste does not completely get rid of sensitivity as that is impossible, it does help to desensitize the nerve endings that are housed in the exposed dentin. Sensodyne has a wonderful whitening toothpaste out as well that is called Sensodyne Gentle Whitening. This paste has ingredients that are proven to promote tooth whitening and that are gentle on the teeth and gums. The best whitening toothpaste for sensitive teeth is one that focuses first and foremost on the comfort of the user rather than whitening power.

Whitening toothpastes contain ingredients that are proven to help break up surface stains and go deep into the tooth enamel to help break up and fade deep stains, that being said it is not wonder that these pastes are a bit harsher than other pastes. Many of these pastes not only contain stain removal agents like baking soda, peroxide, potassium nitrate, and other ingredients that may irritate sensitive mouths, but also silica which serves as an abrasive agent to help break up surface stains. This abrasive agent may cause even more sensitivity in already sensitive mouths when it brushes up against exposed dentin and nerves.

All of the Sensodyne pastes are smooth which makes the likelihood of abrasive agents irritating teeth virtually nonexistent. Sensodyne Gentle Whitening toothpaste and the other whitening pastes in the line do not contain some of the harsher chemicals and compounds that are found in traditional whitening pastes. Glycerin, hydrated silica, sodium hydroxide, and sodium saccharin are all proven whitening agents but are not as abrasive and aggressive as those used in other pastes. Because this brand uses ingredients that are far gentler on your teeth and gums, you can reduce sensitivity while you whiten rather than increasing it. If your sensitivity becomes painful or too much to bear on a daily basis, you may want to see your dentist about possible long term treatments.

Re-Mineralise Your Enamel and Stop Cavities and Sensitive Teeth

Many people with good oral hygiene suffer from cavities. You go to the dentist, and they tell you that you need to brush or floss better. You go back, brush after lunch, use mouthwash, floss twice a day, and still the cavities come.

What your dentist never discusses with you is the roll of diet and re-mineralization of your protective layer of enamel, that can ensure you remain free of dental cavities for life.

Key to the whole understanding is the roll of enamel in protecting our teeth from the harmful dental bacteria such as Streptoccocus Mutans, which live in the plaque and produce acid which eats into the enamel causing cavities.

Our tooth enamel is made of up 96% minerals and is the strongest substance in the human body. It’s great for chewing and high impact, but the high mineral content can be leeched out of the enamel through poor diet and acidic environments. Once it is lost the enamel does not re-grow. If you are thinking – my diet is fine – it’s almost certainly not fine for optimum dental and bone health. Even if you exclusively shop at whole food stores and eat organic food and have a diet that is better than 99% of the population, you can still de-mineralize easily from eating the wrong foods in the wrong way.

Enamel can be strengthened by a process called remineralization – which is basically adding minerals to the enamel matrix through the saliva. Enamel is weakened by de-mineralization – which is the stripping of minerals from the enamel. Your enamel is in a state of constant flux between the two states of mineralization and de-mineralization. When the acids begin to dissolve mineral more quickly than your saliva can replace it you get a cavity.

In order to reverse this process you need to do avoid the foods and processes that de-mineralize the teeth, and increase the foods and processes that re-mineralize the teeth. It’s tricky to do this, because if you don’t avoid the de-mineralization you won’t balance out the re-mineralization. It would be like pouring water into a leaky bucket.

You have to do both.

Acidic foods and acid from bacteria slowly dissolve some of the minerals out of your enamel everyday. But those minerals are quickly replaced by minerals and enzymes in your saliva. When the acids begin to dissolve mineral more quickly than your saliva can replace it you get a cavity. Remineralization is a microscopic process. We are talking about small amounts of minerals every day. However, add acidic conditions and lots of dental bacteria, and the onset of cavities can be quite quick.

Teeth re-mineralize through saliva. Anyone wishing to re-mineralize their teeth needs to ensure that their teeth are really clean and can remineralize. One of the problems with re-mineralization is actually our toothpaste. Many commercial pastes use glycerin as a filler which coats the teeth. Best to look for natural toothpastes without gylcerin, or use tooth soaps, or baking soda. You also need to encourage saliva production and keep the mouth moist – oil pulling is great at keeping the mouth clean and really working out the salivary glands. Avoid anything that dries the mouth – smoking, alcohol etc.

Once your teeth are clean next step is to avoid soda’s, as many processed foods as possible, including all flour, sugars, refined products.You also need to avoid cereals and breads that have not been sprouted or soaked. They release phytic acid which blocks mineral absorption in the body.

Finally, once you remove the processed foods and add foods that are high in Vitamin K2, Vitamin C and Vitamin D, in your diet you will start to feel your teeth becoming less sensitive as you strengthen the enamel layer.

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