How to Prevent Sensitive Teeth
Often, the best way to handle a symptom is to avoid it before it starts. If you’re worried about developing sensitive teeth or want to confront issues that could be causing sensitivity, proper diet and dental hygiene are the best tools at your disposal.
Steps to prevent tooth sensitivity include:
- Brush gently using a soft-bristled toothbrush with a non-abrasive toothpaste for two minutes twice daily
- Schedule regular visits with your dental professional every 6 months for cleanings
- Use dental floss or an interdental cleaning device to clean between your teeth once a day
- Choose fluoridated mouthwash, toothpaste, or water (most tap water contains fluoride!)
- Avoid or limit acidic foods and drinks in your diet
- Chew sugar-free gum or consume dairy products to stimulate saliva production that protects your enamel
- Check with your dental professional if you have sore jaws or believe you may grind your teeth for expert diagnosis and treatment recommendations
Tooth sensitivity can be challenging, but you're not alone when looking for a solution and can rely on the professionals for diagnosis and treatment. You've made a healthy decision to inform yourself that sensitivity is caused by dentin exposed to hot, cold, or acidic foods and beverages. Now is a great time to avoid future difficulties and confront sensitivity by practicing proper dental hygiene and regular dental care.