When a tooth hurts severely, the only way to relieve it is often to seek professional dental treatment. However, for many people, minor tooth sensitivity can be an early indication that their at-home dental care routines can use some improvement. If addressed early enough, some minor cases of tooth sensitivity might be relieved and reversed with a few at-home strategies to make them stronger. Today, we take a look at a few of these strategies, and why you should take measures to protect your teeth as soon as they start to feel sensitive.
A few ways to make your teeth stronger
- Choose toothpaste with fluoride in it – Brushing and flossing your teeth helps keep them strong by keeping them clean of oral bacteria that could weaken their enamel. You can boost your hygiene’s effectiveness, and the strength of their enamel, by using toothpaste with fluoride, which can bond with your tooth enamel’s mineral strands.
- Use antibacterial mouthwash – While toothpaste with fluoride can help strengthen your tooth enamel when it’s grown weak, using antibacterial mouthwash can help you further control the bacteria that could weaken it. Mouthwash also reaches where your toothbrush and floss can’t, helping you further remove tooth-weakening bacteria from hard-to-reach places on your teeth.
- Drink water more often each day – Throughout the day, oral bacteria can still gather on your teeth and make your tooth enamel, increasing your chances of tooth sensitivity. It may not be feasible to brush and floss your teeth more frequently throughout the day (in fact, doing so might weaken your tooth enamel further). However, you can rinse these bacteria away more effectively by drinking more water throughout the day.
- Brush your teeth a little softer – If you aren’t careful, you may be making your teeth more sensitive without realizing it. For example, diligence is a good thing when it comes to your dental hygiene routine, but brushing your teeth too vigorously or too often can strip them of the protective enamel around them. Try brushing more gently, and using a softer bristled toothbrush, to alleviate the sensitivity in your teeth and allow your enamel to regain its strength.
Learn more about dealing with tooth sensitivity
If your tooth sensitivity is minor, it might be relieved with a few at-home strategies for making your teeth stronger. To learn more about how to improve yours, contact our office by calling Syosset Dental in Syosset, NY, today at 516-433-2211 or 516-921-6930.