If you are having problems with tooth sensitivity , there are a few things that can be done at home to help. First, you need to find out why your teeth are sensitive. If you have not seen your dentist regularly, that should be your first step. (Tip: Check out SENSITIVE TEETH: WHAT IS THE CAUSE?) Once decay (cavity) is ruled out as being a cause for the pain, then following these tips at home can help in diminishing the sensitivity.
Using a sensitivity toothpaste while brushing can be very beneficial. There are several brands that you can try, but I always recommend using either Sensodyne, Crest Sensitivity, or Colgate Sensitive Pro Relief. You will have to use this toothpaste every time you brush. Brushing with the toothpaste will not give you an immediate relief. Normally, it will take about 2 weeks before noticing any difference. The main reason people do not get results from sensitivity toothpaste is because after brushing they rinse with water. DO NOT RINSE YOUR MOUTH AFTER BRUSHING! This may seem weird to some people, but spit the remaining toothpaste out after brushing and go on your way. This will leave a very small amount of the effective ingredient of the toothpaste in your mouth, instead of rinsing it all out.
Making sure that you are brushing for 2 minutes, 2 times a day is essential in plaque removal. Heavy plaque on teeth can cause sensitivity because of the amount of bacteria that is present in it. The bacteria eat what we eat. They metabolize this and produce acid. The acid then sits on the tooth and can cause it to be sensitive. It also can cause a cavity or gum disease.
Brushing with anything other than a SOFT TOOTHBRUSH can cause sensitivity. Also, putting too much pressure when brushing can cause sensitivity. Looking at your used toothbrush will show you if this is the case. The bristles should still be upright but slightly frayed. If they are pushed down or out to the side (see picture of toothbrush), this usually represents heavy pressure. This can cause gum recession, which is a main reason for sensitive teeth. See picture of recession here.
Fluoride Mouth Rinse:
Using a mouth rinse that has fluoride can help with sensitivity. Do not swallow the rinse. 1-2 uses a day is sufficient in helping with the sensitivity.
Crest Sensi-Stop Strips:
These strips can be found over-the-counter at most drug stores or online. They are fairly new for Crest, but finding them should not be a problem. The strips are the most expensive option listed, but it can give you very quick results. They are easy to apply and work very well. Directions come in the box and it only takes 10 minutes.
Trying these different remedies at home will most likely help in treating tooth sensitivity. Everyone is different when it comes to their teeth, so one thing may not work as good as another. Keeping consistent is the key to good results when treating tooth sensitivity.