At Lawrence Avenue Dental, we want you to be free of dental pain. Your Toronto dentist knows that one common source of dental pain is sensitive teeth. Teeth are sometimes so sensitive that they make brushing painful, leading to a vicious cycle where patients become less likely to take care of their teeth as it gets more and more painful to care for them. We care about your health, so we recommend that you use a special toothpaste if you have sensitive teeth.
Why are some toothpastes better than others for sensitive teeth? The teeth are protected by a layer of enamel. When the enamel starts to break down, this can leave your teeth somewhat exposed and sensitive. Some people have very thin enamel, making them even more prone to tooth sensitivity. If this is your problem, there are three ways a special toothpaste can help:
- Some toothpastes strengthen the enamel.
- Some toothpastes block the nerve pathways through the enamel using Potassium Nitrate.
- Some toothpastes use sodium fluoride, which can help relieve tooth discomfort.
But what is the best toothpaste for sensitive teeth? The most popular brand of toothpaste for sensitive teeth by far is sensodyne. Sensodyne Pronamel Glistening Whitening is perhaps the most popular, with lots of good reviews on Amazon. It’s especially popular with people who want to use the toothpaste to lose sensitivity before using some form of whitening, which tends to make teeth more sensitive. Still, most dentists recommend against whitening toothpastes, since some contain abrasive chemicals which some patients find make their teeth more sensitive over time. You are probably better served by using Sensodyne Pronamel Fresh Breath, which doesn’t contain abrasive whitening chemicals.
What else can you do to take care of sensitive teeth? First, you should know that even if brushing is painful, it is the best thing you can do for your teeth and will reduce sensitivity over time. When you brush, you shouldn’t brush too hard. You should use a soft bristle toothbrush when brushing your teeth. Avoid using whiteners and using whitening toothpaste, since both can lead to greater tooth sensitivity. Finally, there’s a limit to what you can do on your own. If your teeth are sensitive because of cavities, only a qualified dentist will be able to fill them. Also, if you keep having problems with sensitive teeth, your dentist may recommend other treatments, such as scaling and gum grafts.
At Laurence Avenue Dental, we care about every aspect of your dental health and would be happy to answer any questions you might have. We look forward to being there for you through a lifetime of healthy, pain free oral health.