Sensitive teeth can make you uncomfortable, but more importantly, sensitive teeth can get in the way of a regular oral hygiene routine. Don't let sensitive teeth keep you from maintaining a healthy mouth. According to a survey conducted by the American Dental Association and Crest Oral-B, more than a third (37%) of 1,000 adults stated that they were unaware of the connection between poor oral health and an increased risk of several serious health conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. If your sensitive teeth make brushing and flossing painful, never fear. Choose the right oral health products, and you can maintain excellent oral health without irritating your sensitive teeth. (1), (2), (3)
Some Sources of Sensitive Teeth
You will notice sensitive teeth when stimuli, such as hot or cold sensations, reach the nerves inside the teeth and cause pain or tingling. Some common causes of sensitive teeth include:
- Teeth Whitening: Whiter teeth can boost your self-confidence and improve your appearance, but you can have too much of a good thing. If you have sensitive teeth, be sure to use teeth-whitening products no more frequently than the manufacturer recommends. Try limiting yourself to one whitening product, and then use other oral care products for sensitive teeth so you can maintain a regular oral care routine and enjoy a brighter smile.
- Tooth Decay: Sensitive teeth can be an early sign of a cavity. A cavity in a tooth is another way by which nerves in the center of the tooth become exposed. Crest Pro-Health toothpastes contain stannous fluoride, which helps protect sensitive teeth from cavities. All Crest Pro-Health toothpastes are triclosan free.
- Gum Disease: If you have gum disease, you can develop sensitive teeth if the inflamed tissue in your gums is not protecting the tooth roots.
- Damaged Tooth Enamel: Everyone's tooth enamel can start to wear away with age, but tooth enamel can also wear away due to factors including high exposure to acidic foods or overzealous brushing with a hard-bristled toothbrush. Damaged enamel exposes the inner layer of the teeth and causes them to become more sensitive to heat, cold, and pressure. (1), (2)
Powerful Protection with a Sensitive Teeth Touch
Crest Pro-Health toothpaste contains a proven tartar-fighting ingredient called sodium hexametaphosphate, instead of sodium pyrophosphate, which is an ingredient in some types of tartar-fighting toothpaste. Crest Pro-Health has been accepted by the American Dental Association as effective in six key areas of oral hygiene: fighting cavities, plaque, gingivitis and bad breath; whitening teeth; and protecting against tooth sensitivity. (4)
Choose Your Strategies to Whiten Sensitive Teeth
If you want whiter teeth but you have sensitive teeth, start by following a complete oral care routine. Continue to use oral health products for sensitive teeth, and gradually introduce gentle whitening products. Crest Pro-Health Whitening toothpaste cleans stains on the surface of teeth, fights tartar, and prevents cavities, but it also protects against tooth sensitivity. If you are concerned about tooth enamel damage, Crest Pro-Health Enamel Shield Toothpaste helps protect tooth enamel while also working to reduce tooth sensitivity. (2), (4)
- ADA survey, The Public Speaks Up on Oral Health Care
- Crest product information