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Are you a mom that deals with sensitive teeth? *Raises hand* I feel like ever since I had kids, my teeth have become more bothersome. Maybe it’s a combination of that and getting older. Who knows? All I know is that I feel like I have to take care of my teeth even better than I ever had in my entire life. I’ve gone through a bunch of root canals and crowns, not to mention inflamed gums. It’s safe to say that I’m not very fond of going to the dentist.
Recently I had to make a visit back to the dentist due to sensitivity in the front of my teeth. It was the weirdest thing. If I drank something cold, I felt this sensitivity like you couldn’t imagine. The dentist said it wasn’t anything to worry about and to use this tooth varnish along with brushing with baking soda. It didn’t seem to work at first, but I am not experiencing as much sensitivity. But I also am not trying to bother it.
I do a lot of research when it comes to my tooth health, and I feel like I’ve been through it all, so I know what helps and what doesn’t. Of course, I’m not a dentist, so let’s take this advice with a grain of salt!
Using The Right Toothpaste
I’ve gone through a bunch of types of toothpaste, even mineral based toothpaste called tooth powder! I realized that the best toothpaste for my sensitive teeth were two different kinds. One that was made by Arm and Hammer, which has peroxide and baking soda. This one seemed to help my inflamed gums. The other toothpaste is Colgate Enamel Health Multi-Protection. I use the Arm and Hammer one in the morning, and the Colgate at night.
Using The Right Toothbrush
I am pretty lazy when it comes to brushing my teeth. I need something that will help me get the dirt all the way in the back, without me having to brush too hard. Having a Sonicare toothbrush is a lifesaver, and although it is pricey, it is worth the investment. The first one I ever bought lasted me about 5 years. I just had to buy a new one a few months ago. All you need to change out is the brush heads, and you can change them once every three months.
Are You Flossing?
Believe it or not, flossing is something not many people do. I didn’t floss until I realized how bad my gums were. It was a result of not flossing in between my teeth. When you don’t floss, the bacteria from the food you eat seep inbetween your teeth and into your gums. When you floss, you are loosening that bacteria out, helping your gum health. My favorite type of floss is Glide because it doesn’t seem to get stuck inbetween my teeth when I floss, compared to other brands.
Swishing Your Mouth Using Mouthwash
So I learned from an oral surgeon that the type of mouthwash I used was way too strong for my sensitive teeth. He recommended ACT, which is not as strong. I used to use a different brand of mouthwash, and although it seemed like it was helping, it was making my teeth more sensitive. With this mouthwash, it also helps restore soft spots in your gums.
Wearing A Mouthguard To Sleep
I also realized that the back of my teeth both are worn down flat, which my dentist suggested that I wear a mouthguard. I found out because of my worn down teeth also meant that I grind my teeth when I am sleeping. So I got a customized mouthguard. The dentist takes an impression of your teeth and create a custom mouthguard that is made out of plastic. It needs to be form fitting to your top teeth, so it also tooth a while for the mouthguard to fit. After wearing it for over a year now, I notice my teeth being less sensitive as well. If you need a mouthguard, you can find one on Amazon, although you might be better off with a custom fitted one.
Do you currently deal with sensitive teeth? What do you do to relieve it?
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