Sensitive teeth can be a problem at any age. Whether you’re a parent or a teenager, struggling with overly-sensitive teeth can make eating quite the chore.
Patients often ask us if there is anything they can do to help curb the sensitive nature of their teeth. So, today we focus our blog entry on the top four habits that cause sensitive teeth and what you and your children should be doing to avoid this pesky problem.
Stop brushing so hard.
Brushing too hard can eat away at the gum line causing them to pull away at the tooth root, not to mention eating away at the protective enamel surrounding the sensitive dentin. Avoid this problem by brushing more gently, yet thoroughly and by using a soft-bristle toothbrush.
Cut back on mouthwash.
If you or your teen is a fan of the minty-fresh breath that mouthwash gives you, this can be a cause for concern when it comes to the development of sensitive teeth. These products typically employ acids that can make sensitive teeth worse. Look for neutral fluoride rinses, or inquire with your dentist about what ingredients should be avoided.
Stop grinding and/or clenching your teeth.
Enamel is the toughest material in the human body. But, did you know the human jaw is capable of applying more than 200 pounds of force when biting? It’s true, and even the strongest enamel would have a tough time standing up to that amount of pressure over the years.
Wearing protective gear during sporting events will help assuage this damage immensely. Making the appropriate lifestyle changes (if necessary) will help as well. Be mindful of your teeth, and remind your children that they only have one permanent set and to make it count!
Whitening products can cause sensitivity.
Peroxide-based bleaching solutions can cause sensitive teeth very easily. The desire for a whiter smile can be strong, but relying on these quick solutions can lead to much bigger problems after repeated use. Consult with your dentist on this issue closely.
See your dentist regularly.
Call us biased if you want, but the knowledge we can impart to you as a professional is critical to understanding what your best options are. We can identify issues before they are causes for concern and have the tools necessary to investigate and solve problems that will keep your smile full and bright.