Do You You have Sensitive teeth? See our causes and prevention tips!

June 6, 2019

Have you found that there is a correlation between the pain in your teeth and the cold winter months?


Did you know that approximately 1 in 8 people experience prolonged tooth sensitivity? A reality that must be dealt with every year. Just as we adapt our wardrobe to the winter months we must also change our dental routine. For those who already experience sensitive teeth and gums, the sad fact is that with the colder weather, our teeth become more susceptible to sensitivity and discomfort.


If you find yourself with this misfortune don’t worry; it doesn’t have to be permanent. There are a number of ways to tackle oral health in winter to ensure comfort. Don’t hide from winter, meet it head-on with a smile.


Having sensitive teeth is a very common symptom of cold weather and it is easily fixed if you have the appropriate dental hygiene routine.


Use a soft toothbrush

The most effective way to combat sensitivity is to use a soft brush, one designed for sensitive teeth. Most brushes have firm bristles and this can bring further discomfort by wearing through the enamel and aggravating exposed roots. Softer brushes will allow for a more gentle scrub that caters to your dental needs. Keep in mind that over brushing isn’t the solution and this will often worsen the situation.


Are you using the right toothpaste?

Buying the correct toothpaste is also key, there is a range of brands which are designed to help with sensitivity. They are filled with potassium nitrate which is incredibly useful in relieving nerve pain- the main culprit of sensitivity. Buying from reputable companies and looking out for dental awards is one way to identify the right brand for you. Continued and regular use will set you on the path to healthier and less sensitive teeth.


Mouthwash and Floss

Mouthwash and floss are your friends! Floss gently and be mindful of your gums and sensitive teeth. When using mouthwash try to use natural products that are low in alcohol. Over the counter fluoride is a great home remedy as well, It will strengthen enamel and dentin.  You can purchase fluoride from most chemists over the counter without a prescription.



Year round care

While it can be easy to fall into bad habits, a consistent oral care routine is vital all year round. A proper dental plan that is followed daily is the best way to ensure healthy teeth. Avoid seasonal stresses and surprises by maintaining your teeth year round.


Regular check-ups with your dentist!


One of the most important things to remember is getting regular check-ups from your dentist (twice a year). How often are you going to see your dentist?


Especially around the winter time where are, teeth are at their most vulnerable. You will also be able to develop a fluid dental health plan that is catered to your specific needs with the help of a trained professional.  


Your dentist will also be able to work on any immediate issues with your teeth preventing from further sensitivity.


If you are experiencing sensitive teeth and gums, book an appointment with your local dentist today! The team at Hillarys Dental Care will assess your dental health to determine the best course of treatment for you.

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