Sensitive Teeth - Should I use a toothpaste for sensitive teeth?
Always consult your dentist before using a desensitising toothpaste. Teeth may become sensitive to cold, air, acid and touch for a number of reasons. These symptoms may indicate a significant underlying condition that should be resolved prior to commencing the use of a desensitising toothpaste.
Possible causes of such sensitivity include cracked tooth syndrome, dental decay, fractured or displaced fillings, chipped teeth, leakage under dental restorations, inflamed 'nerve' of the tooth, after bleaching. These must be treated before using desensitising toothpastes.
If the above possible causes have been excluded then you can consider a number of measures to reduce sensitivity as follows:
- Use a very soft toothbrush
- Avoid over vigorous brushing.
- Minimise the consumption of acidic drinks and food. Soft drinks, sports drinks, fruit juices can be very erosive.
- Use a straw to drink acidic beverages.
- Keep your teeth very clean to minimise the risk of gum disease resulting in gum recession exposing the sensitive root surfaces of the teeth.
- Rinse with water after consuming acidic food and drinks.
- Avoid brushing for at least 30 minutes after consuming acidic beverages and food.