Did you know that dentine hypersensitivity, sometimes referred to simply as tooth sensitivity, is actually very common? Knowing how to take care of sensitive teeth is an important step in preserving the good condition of your teeth. Here we'll share key steps you can take to ease your symptoms, primarily focusing on maintaining good oral hygiene. Don’t forget, if you’re concerned about your teeth, the best course of action is to consult your dentist.
What causes sensitive teeth?
Before you find out how to help sensitive teeth, you need to know the causes of tooth sensitivity. This condition has many different triggers. Your teeth are made up of three layers, including an underlying layer called dentine. Dentine is connected to nerve endings, and when exposed becomes a major cause of tooth sensitivity. Here are a number of easily identifiable ways dentine may become exposed:
- The erosion of the protective layer of enamel.
- A cavity or cracked tooth.
- Gum recession, which is a process whereby the gum tissue surrounding your teeth pulls back, exposing more of your teeth.
It’s important to note that although you can ease the discomfort caused by sensitive teeth, you should seek professional advice from your dentist if you notice any changes to your teeth including those listed above.
How to take care of sensitive teeth
Now you know what might be causing sensitive teeth, you can take steps to learn how to decrease tooth sensitivity. Here are our top tips to help you ease the symptoms of sensitive teeth:
- Don’t brush your teeth too hard, as brushing side to side along the gum line can cause faster erosion of the all-important enamel.
- Consume in moderation acidic drinks and food including fizzy drinks, sticky sweets, and foods high in sugar. Instead add milk, yoghurt, and high fibre fruits and vegetables to your shopping list. These help moisten your mouth, allowing saliva to fight the acids which erode your teeth.
- Avoid grinding your teeth. If you notice you are grinding your teeth, seek advice from your dentist as soon as possible.
How to strengthen sensitive teeth
Sensitive teeth can cause a lot of discomfort, that is why prevention is key. There are some simple steps you can take to avoid your teeth becoming more sensitive. Regenerate range helps prevent tooth sensitivity thanks to its clinically proven ability to fight enamel erosion – one of the main causes of exposed dentine which makes teeth more sensitive. You can keep your enamel strong by implementing the following steps:
- Adding Regenerate’s Advanced Toothpaste to your daily beauty routine can help to regenerate your enamel and reduce sensitivity by increasing your teeth’s natural micro hardness. Through regular use, this toothpaste will help regenerate the enamel mineral content1 and reverse enamel erosion.
- Another wonderful addition to your daily self-care schedule is Regenerate’s Advanced Foaming Mouthwash, powered by FOAM Technology. By restoring enamel mineral2 content, this fresh, alcohol-free mouthwash acts on early, invisible stages of enamel erosion.
- Finally, Regenerate’s Advanced Enamel Serum used once a month, can boost the enamel regeneration effects of your Regenerate Advanced Toothpaste by up to 43%3. Use it alongside Regenerate’s other products to reverse the early erosion process caused by modern diets and lifestyles.
You’re not alone in suffering from sensitivity when your teeth come in contact with cold, hot, or sour foods and drinks. Our recommendations can help you understand how to make your teeth less sensitive and the best steps to take when it comes to sensitive teeth treatment.
²Acts on early invisible stages of enamel erosion. Restores enamel mineral content and micro-hardness.
³As demonstrated in a 3-day in vitro test measuring enamel micro hardness: Combined use of Advanced toothpaste and Advanced serum vs. Advanced toothpaste only.
The advice in this article does not constitute medical advice; it is solely available for information purposes. We recommend that you consult your dentist If you are experiencing any gum or oral health problems.