(NC)—What do you do when a healthy smile needs more than basic brushing? Dr. Jordan Appel, a Toronto-based dentist, answers some of the most pressing questions.
Occasionally I find I get a strong, sharp pain in my teeth. It’s worst when there is a cold wind or I have hot drinks like coffee. A friend suggested switching to a sensitivity toothpaste, but I’m not sure because I don’t want to give up on things like breath freshening, plaque removal, cavity protection or whitening. What’s a girl to do?
Dear Ms Sensitive:
You’re not alone in your sensitive situation. In fact, 44% of Canadians suffer from tooth sensitivity and it’s one of the most common complaints I hear from patients. While it can be triggered by cold or hot food and drinks, as well as sweets, sours and cold air, there are lots of things you can do to help prevent it.
Sensitivity can also be prevented by keeping the gums from receding by using soft toothbrushes and applying a moderate amount of pressure when brushing. Brushing too strenuously can damage teeth and gums, so being gentler is an important step.
When you brush, also choose a toothpaste specially formulated for sensitivity, like Sensodyne iso-active. This new type of Sensodyne toothpaste is a great solution for anyone who suffers from even mild tooth sensitivity. With twice the foam of regular toothpaste, it penetrates hard to reach places, plus it has the benefits of cavity protection and plaque removal with brushing, and it comes in a gentle whitening formula. You don’t have to compromise and you can prevent the cringing from sensitivity.
Lastly, make sure to visit your dentist at least twice a year so that you can catch any dental issues as early as possible.