Fight Against Troubling Sensitivity with Our Peoria Dentist
Unfortunately, there are many people who suffer from sensitive teeth, which disrupt their everyday routine like eating and drinking. Sensitive teeth keeps you from drinking cold drinks or eating hot foods, some of them possibly being your favorite.
The reason for sensitive teeth is because your enamel that is supposed to be protecting your dentin, which is the layer beneath the enamel, is eroded. Your gums receding are also a contributing factor, which exposes the dentin. If the cold drinks or hot foods come in contact with the dentin, a sharp pain will shoot into the nerves of your mouth and cause a lot of discomfort. Our Peoria dentist is here to help you care for your sensitive teeth.
As you’re waiting for your appointment, there are some ways to take care of your sensitive teeth at home. There are special toothbrushes and toothpastes that are made for caring for sensitive teeth. The toothpastes usually contain potassium nitrate or strontium chloride, chemicals that plug up the area to protect the dentin. To use these pastes, buy a soft-bristled toothbrush to use on your teeth so you’re not causing more aggression against them. As you’re brushing, take your time, go slow, and be gentle.
You can also use a mouthwash that’s made for sensitive teeth, but make sure fluoride is an active ingredient. Fluoride will help restore tooth enamel and make it stronger so you’re protecting your dentin and reducing your sensitivity. If you’re not sure of which kind of mouthwash to get, or which one is the best, ask our team for recommendations. Some mouthwashes contain alcohol that will cause dry mouth and further damage to your teeth and gums.
As always, drinking water is one of your best options. When you drink, it washes away the lingering sugar and acidity off your teeth from your foods and drinks. If you’re not able to brush your teeth in the next hour, then drinking water is your next best bet. Carrying sugar-free gum is helpful, as well, because it triggers saliva that replenishes the minerals that are protecting your teeth.
If you’re still experiencing sensitive teeth after you’ve tried these tips, then scheduling an appointment is a must. There could be something else wrong teeth that your dentist can take a further look into and give you professional help to improve and strength your teeth. Contact our Peoria dentist at this number (309) 688-7321 or click here to request an appointment or consultation today!