Would you say that the term “tender” applies to your smile? Do you notice that your dental hygiene doesn’t leave your smile feeling fresh and wonderful but sore? If smile sensitivity is a real problem for you, it’s important to recognize that you have options. To begin with, we encourage you to consider the ways you may be contributing to this concern with your approach to brushing. In many cases, we find that patients can fully address sensitive teeth simply by making a small change or two to their usual oral health habits.
Use Gentle Products
If you have sensitive teeth, it is important that you take very thoughtful care of your smile. You don’t need to spend extra time on it or do anything more time consuming that an individual who does not suffer from sensitivity. What you do need to do, however, is to make sure you’re not doing anything (or using any products) that might aggravate your teeth. Consider the following when you purchase dental hygiene products, so you’re certain your smile remains comfortable:
- Buy toothpaste that has been formulated to address sensitivity. There are many on the market from well-known brands (you do not need to pay an arm and a leg for them either). This will help keep sensitivity to a minimum.
- Always buy a soft-bristle toothbrush for gentle, thorough cleaning.
Use Gentle Motions
As much as the products that you use play into protecting your sensitive teeth, the same is true for the way you use those products. If you are quite harsh and forceful with your dental hygiene, you will most certainly experience ongoing sensitivity. Instead, you may combat sensitivity issues by ensuring the motions and pressure you use are both extremely gentle.