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You Can Help with Your Tooth Sensitivity by Altering Your Oral Hygiene Routine

Posted on 6/30/2016 by Boeckel
A man suffering from a sensitive tooth.Living with tooth sensitivity can be extremely frustrating. Any time that you want to eat something hot or cold, you'll have to worry about sharp pain coursing through your teeth.

Fortunately, you don't have to live with sensitivity, as there are treatment options out there. A few of them are even things that you can do at home by making some changes to your oral hygiene routine.

Don't Brush Right After Eating

If you rush to brush right after a meal, you could be doing more harm than good for your teeth. Your mouth will be high in bacteria and dietary acids right after eating, so brushing immediately will rub these acids into the enamel. Instead, wait at least a half an hour after eating before you brush. Otherwise, you could use a pH rebalancing rinse after eating so that you can brush sooner.

Choose Your Mouthwash Carefully

Consider the mouthwash that you are using every day. Is it highly acidic? Many of the options available are, as high acidity allows mouthwash options to have a longer shelf life.

Unfortunately, lower pH makes mouthwash more erosive, which can remove the layer of protective proteins from your teeth. It will also open up the sensitive pores that are exposed on the root surfaces of your teeth.

To avoid this problem, make sure that your mouthwash contains fluoride and it has a pH balance that is fairly neutral. You should also avoid mouthwashes that contain citrate or citric acid.

Don't Brush Too Hard

When it comes to brushing your teeth, harder doesn't necessarily mean better. In fact, brushing too aggressively can strip the enamel from your teeth, exposing more of the underlying layers to the outside elements. Instead, brush gently using a soft toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste that isn't highly abrasive.

If you are bothered by sensitivity that doesn't seem to be going away with oral hygiene changes, make sure you contact our office today.









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