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What to Do about Sensitive Teeth

July 20, 2015
Posted By: Dr. Natasha

A common complaint, among both kids and adults, is sensitive teeth. Pain that comes in teeth from brushing, eating, or drinking–especially when it’s a food that is especially hot or cold–is called hypersensitivity and it can range from an annoyance to the sign of a real problem. If your child is complaining about their teeth being especially sensitive, don’t ignore it and talk to your pediatric dentist as it could be the sign of a cracked tooth, a worn-down filling, gum disease, or a cavity.

However, if tooth sensitivity seems relatively mild and none of these more serious issues are found, here are some simple at home solutions that can really help your child’s teeth.

Sensitive toothpaste

 There are a lot of toothpastes out there on the market that are designed specifically to address the main cause of minor tooth sensitivity: exposed dentin. This occurs naturally when microscopic channels and holes are created through teeth enamel, and specialized toothpastes work as small fillings, plugging up the holes and reducing the amount of food or liquid that can break through those tiny channels.

Mouthwash with fluoride

Many minor forms of gum disease can be treated with a mild fluoride rinse. Fluoride also helps to generally strengthen enamel and reduce bacteria which can be contributing to problems causing the sensitivity.

Pick the Right Toothbrush

Toothbrushes are categorized by medium, hard, and soft for a reason. Most people already use too much force when they brush, especially in children. So, go ahead and make a switch to soft bristles to see if this helps alleviate the sensitivity issue as too vigorous brushing with harder bristles can create problems.

Visit the Dentist Regularly

Scheduling tooth cleanings as your dentist advises is the best way to have a professional evaluation of the state of your oral health. It’s also crucial in the fight against bacteria and plaque buildup that can cause sensitivity and other, more serious issues.

Brush and Floss Regularly

Often the cure for a lot of dental-related problems, sticking to a routine of regular brushing and flossing is the best way to avoid the deterioration of teeth and gums and that goes for sensitivity too! Make sure that your child is brushing and flossing correctly and for the correct amount of time every night. It will help with sensitivity issues and start a great habit to last the rest of their lives.

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