Sensitive teeth

Does the thought of a snow cone have you wincing instead of smiling?

During the summer months drinking cold ice tea and eating ice cream is fairly common, but when you have sensitive teeth it can cause serious pain. Here are a few preventative steps to help alleviate that pain.

  • Use desensitizing toothpaste. This toothpaste can be purchased over the counter at any drug store, and if used daily can help with tooth sensitivity.
  • Use a fluoride mouthwash. This is available without prescription at any drug store. Using this as directed once a day can help mitigate the sensitivity and pain.
  • Use a soft bristle toothbrush. Using a brush that is too firm, or brushing too hard can cause sensitivity and even damage the enamel on the tooth. Use the softest bristle brush you can find, and apply a very light amount of pressure when brushing, while being careful not to over brush.
  • Cut back on soda and other acidic drinks. If you still like to have an occasional soda, try using a straw because it will decrease the contact the beverage has with your teeth.
  • Visit your dentist regularly. Tooth sensitivity may be something that can be treated, check with your dentist to determine if there is a cause.

Do you know of any other remedies that help sensitive teeth?