How To Reduce Tooth Sensitivity

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Your tooth could be considered sensitive if you experience pain when that tooth comes into contact with a food or a liquid that is hot or cold. Experiencing pain when your tooth is in touch with extreme temperatures can make drinking coffee difficult, regardless of whether you get it served hot or on ice. It can make eating ice cream almost impossible. Here are some tips for reducing tooth sensitivity to make sure that you can enjoy drinking and eating your favorite foods without pain.

1. Try Baking Soda

Tooth sensitivity often occurs when the enamel in your mouth has eroded or been damaged, reducing the protection that the inside of the teeth have. In order to reduce the overall sensitivity levels of your teeth, you can use baking soda. Baking soda will clean your mouth of any acids or bacteria and build up a slight resistance to sensitivity. To use baking soda, fill a quarter of a glass with water and then add a quarter of a teaspoon of baking soda. Stir with a spoon until the baking soda is dissolved. Then, pour the entire mixture into your mouth and swish it around for between one and three minutes. Spit out the mixture into the sink and then rinse your mouth out with clean water.

2. Ask Your Dentist About Sealants

Another option is for your doctor to seal the broken enamel against any further damage and provide an additional shield for the teeth against the negative effects of extreme temperatures. Sealant is made out of a malleable plastic that can be applied to the tooth in order to cover up any damaged areas. This plastic will bond to the tooth in order to make the area nearly impenetrable. It can also help reduce your tooth's sensitivity. In order to have this applied, ask your dentist if your teeth would be a candidate for having a sealant applied.

3. Use a Soft Toothbrush and Fluoride Rinse

Finally, make sure that you are not causing further aggravation to your teeth by brushing them roughly and damaging more of the enamel. Purchase a soft toothpaste that is designed for people with sensitive teeth and toothpaste that will help reduce overall sensitivity. When you are done brushing, make sure that you rinse with a fluoride infused liquid in order to make sure that you are able to get all of the bacteria off of your teeth.

For more information, talk to a family dentistry professional.


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Mouth Rinses Are Not Just for Bad Breath

I have always brushed and flossed my teeth daily, but I still had the occasional cavity when I visited the dentist for a check-up. He told me it was normal to have a cavity on occasion and that I shouldn't let it stress me out too much. Well, I am not one to just accept any problem I am having, so I started looking into how to improve my oral hygiene even more. I had always thought mouthwash was just to improve your breath, but I found some that said they helped keep cavities away. I started using one every day before bed. I haven't had a cavity in two years now, and I think the mouth rinse is the reason! I created this blog to remind other people that even if they brush and floss regularly, they can always find ways to take even better care of their teeth.