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How to Relieve Tooth Sensitivity

If you suffer from sensitive teeth, you know how much of a burden they can be. Sensitivity to very hot or cold foods might prevent you from eating or drinking your favorite food and drink. Last week we talked about what causes tooth sensitivity, so this week we’ll discuss ways you can relieve tooth sensitivity.

Relieving Tooth Sensitivity

Desensitizing Toothpaste

Toothpaste labeled as sensitive toothpaste can help reduce mild sensitivity in your teeth. This toothpaste works by filling in those microscopic tubules in your dentin that have been exposed due to a lack of enamel. By filling them in, hot and cold substances are blocked from penetrating this layer and aggravating the sensitivity. In addition to brushing with desensitizing toothpaste, you can also rub a little on sensitive spots with your finger before you go to bed. Using this method, you can reduce sensitivity noticeably in a few weeks.

Fluoride Rinse

Fluoride rinses are great for oral health in general, and relieving sensitivity is no exception. Fluoride rinses are available over-the-counter, as well as in stronger doses by prescription from your dentist.

Softer Brushing

Brushing softer is another way to relieve tooth sensitivity. This means both using a softer bristled brush as well as a lighter brushing technique. In fact, by using a lighter technique, you let the bristles do their job better than they would with a harder brushing technique. Take it easy on your teeth to preserve your enamel and relieve sensitivity.

Good Dental Health Practices

In lots of cases, tooth sensitivity is the cumulative result of poor dental health and hygiene practices over time. By brushing and flossing regularly, you reduce the buildup up plaque on your teeth, preserving your enamel and keeping your mouth clean and fresh.


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