How Toothpaste Can Help Prevent Tooth Sensitivity

Posted on: November 22, 2018

Nothing in the dental realm can possibly be more annoying than tooth sensitivity. Tooth sensitivity will have one wincing at the slightest feeling of different temperatures inside of the mouth. This gets in the way of enjoying a nice hot or warm meal, an icy cold drink on a hot day, and may also get in the way of one's love life since no one wants to feel their own teeth while kissing. Dentists have listed tooth sensitivity as one of the most common complaints put forward by patients in their care.

The architecture of your teeth is made up of enamel as well as a substance known as Cementum. Enamel is the shell that covers the visible parts of your teeth, while Cementum covers the inner nerve endings of your teeth. When your tooth’s enamel and cementum get eroded to the point where they cannot cover the soft inner nerve endings, then your teeth become sensitive. The slightest sip of a cold or warm drink is likely to have you wincing and moaning in discomfort. So why do teeth get sensitive?

Toothpaste preventing sensitive teeth

Once you visit a dentist to report a tooth sensitivity problem, they will likely recommend desensitizing toothpaste for you to use, unless they find an obvious reason for the discomfort. Desensitizing toothpaste contains ingredients that cover and block the nerve ending tubules which become exposed as a result of the wearing out of the enamel.

This serves to rehabilitate the tooth, making it stronger and less sensitive. Desensitizing toothpaste should be used for at least a month in order for the patient to reap the maximum benefits.

The dentist may also advise one to spread a thin layer of the desensitizing toothpaste on the affected areas of your teeth before going to bed. The active ingredients in the paste will work on restoring the teeth during sleep. A lot of these kinds of toothpaste will contain high levels of fluoride that will reinforce the weakened enamel. 

The ingredients in desensitizing kinds of toothpaste are found to numb the sensation, allowing for almost no sensation to occur when hot or cold temperatures come into contact with the tooth. These kinds of toothpaste are not recommended to be used long-term, but in order to achieve non-sensitive teeth, this kind of toothpaste may be a short-term solution. 

Sensitive teeth can be uncomfortable when eating or drinking anything, it can also affect just walking outside against a cold wind. Thankfully there are kinds of toothpaste that one can buy right at the store to help prevent further sensitivity. 

If your teeth are sensitive and you want further advice on preventing or soothing it, then contact our office today. We're happy to help in whatever ways that we can. 

Request an appointment here: or call Roy Dental: Paramita Roy DDS at (650) 200-1178 for an appointment in our Redwood City office.

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