How to Prevent & Treat Tooth Sensitivity

Asian woman in a white shirt cringes in pain and touches her cheek due to sensitive teeth

Do you experience a throbbing pain in your teeth when you eat or drink something hot or cold, go outside in the cold, or brush your teeth? Tooth sensitivity can indicate thin enamel and/or gum recession. The following situations could be contributing to your damaged teeth and gums: brushing your teeth and gums too hard; not brushing or flossing your teeth enough; maintaining a diet that is too high in surgary and acidic food and beverages; or using tobacco products.

The best way to help treat tooth sensitivity is to prevent further damage to your tooth enamel and gums and to strengthen your oral tissues.

Use Anti-Sensitivity Toothpaste

Brush your teeth with a toothpaste made specifically for sensitive teeth. What makes these toothpastes different from regular ones is they contain extra ingredients that are designed to block pain signals between your brain and teeth. They also contain fluoride to fortify your tooth enamel.

Use a Soft-Bristled Toothbrush

It’s possible to brush your teeth too hard, which damages your enamel and irritates your gums. Don’t vigorously saw or drag your toothbrush back and forth. Instead, use a soft-bristled toothbrush (preferably an electric toothbrush) to gently brush your teeth using small, brisk circles.

Wear a Mouthguard at Night

Teeth grinding can lead to sensitivity because it wears down the enamel of your teeth. Wear a custom nightguard when you sleep to protect your teeth and jaw from damage.

Maintain a Balanced Diet

Consume a balanced diet high in protein, whole grains, fiber, vegetables, and fruit. Additionally, drink plenty of water. Limit sugary and acidic foods and drinks, which can weaken your enamel.

Visit Seaport Family Dentistry

Seaport Family Dentistry provides comprehensive oral healthcare and offers a variety of payment options. Visit our office twice a year for cleanings and examinations. At these visits, we’ll remove built-up plaque and tartar, check your mouth for dental disease, and answer any questions you may have about your oral health. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!