Does Toothpaste for Sensitive Teeth Really Work?Truman Orthodontics
Tooth sensitivity, or “dentin hypersensitivity” can happen throughout your lifetime. That’s when a hot or cold food, or even the cold winter air, can make your teeth ache. This is a very common occurrence, and the best way to fix the problem is with toothpaste designed to combat the problem.
This article will look at toothpastes for sensitive teeth. How do they work? Are they safe? What causes the teeth to become sensitive, to begin with? How can you take better care of your teeth so the issue doesn’t reoccur?
What Causes Sensitive Teeth?
The outside white layer of your teeth is called the enamel. Over time the enamel can wear away. This can occur from acidic foods, teeth grinding, brushing the teeth too hard, or even just the natural process of the body aging. When the enamel wears away the softer part of the tooth underneath, called the “dentin” becomes exposed. That’s when drinking or eating hot or cold beverages can trigger sharp pain in the teeth. Ouch!
Receding gums can also contribute to the sensitivity of the teeth. As you might imagine, these are all issues that occur commonly – along with tooth sensitivity.
We generally see these issues crop up in adults between the ages of 20 to 50. The sensitivity in one person isn’t necessarily the same as in the next person we see.
Also, the issue can wax and wane over time. Generally, one of the best methods for eliminating the sensitivity is by switching to toothpaste designed to lessen the pain you’re feeling. The next section looks at these types of products, what they’re made of, and how they work.
How Does Toothpaste for Sensitive Teeth Really Work?
The American Dental Association has approved desensitizing toothpaste for safety and effectiveness. There are several brands on the market today but all work by applying a chemical that helps numb the tooth sensitivity. Usually, the ingredients used in the toothpaste include potassium nitrate or strontium chloride, which work to calm the tooth’s sensitivity and make you more comfortable.
However, while these kinds of toothpastes mask the sensitivity, we should discuss what is causing the pain to begin with. It’s possible that there is an underlying issue, such as receding gums, that we should address.
If your teeth are extremely painful, we can prescribe stronger toothpaste to bring your pain to a more manageable level. Talk with us about your options.
Tooth Pain and Oral Health
Your mouth and teeth shouldn’t hurt. If they do, it’s usually your body’s way of signaling its time for a check-up with our team. While the issue may be tooth sensitivity, which can generally be fixed by switching toothpaste, it’s possible you have a cavity, gum disease, or another undiagnosed problem that we can fix.
Our practice recommends twice daily brushing, daily flossing, and rinsing with a good oral mouthwash. We also suggest visiting us twice a year for an oral cleaning and dental check-up. Together, we can work to keep your mouth and gums healthy throughout your lifetime.