One in five adults has sensitive teeth.1 It may hurt when you eat hot or cold treats, or when you indulge in a sugary candy or beverage. The pain caused by sensitive teeth can take all the enjoyment out of your favorite foods and beverages.
Because of the advancements in oral health technology, you might not have to accept sensitive teeth as a fact of life. There are a number of options for treatment for sensitive teeth. Since choosing can get a bit overwhelming, here are some sensitive teeth oral hygiene recommendations.
- Use a soft toothbrush. Many people brush too hard, which can lead to sensitive teeth.2 To care for your sensitivie teeth, find a soft bristle toothbrush such as the Oral-B CrossAction Gentle Clean Toothbrush.
- Use sensitivity toothpaste. You can protect your teeth from painful tooth sensitivity by using a toothpaste designed to treat sensitive teeth. Special formulas such as Crest Pro-Health Sensitive Shield toothpaste features active ingredient stannous fluoride, a clinically-proven ingredient to protect teeth from painful sensitivity. .
- Floss gently. Flossing is an important part of your oral hygiene regimen, but it can result in some bleeding of the gums and sensitivity for those who already have gum disease. Crest Glide Pro-Health Floss for Sensitive Gums is Crest’s softest floss, and is designed to make flossing more comfortable.
While there are many effective over-the-counter methods of treatment for sensitive teeth, it’s always a good idea to consult with your dental professional if you experience ongoing sensitivity, as it could be a sign of more serious problems.