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Toothpastes for sensitive teeth – do they really work?

23 October 2017

Tooth sensitivity is a problem nearly 30% of adults suffer from. It manifests by excruciating, intense pain while eating foods and drinks which are hot, cold, sour or spicy. This ailment can be effectively treated wit hthe help of our dentist. But is it possible to treat it at home using special toothpastes, however?

Causes of tooth sensitivity

The teeth become sensitive when their sensitive tissue, dentine, is exposed. This leads to dentinal tubules’ close contact with external substances, causing pain. The most common causes of dentine exposure are cavities, bruxism, receding gums and malocclusions. The tooth sensitivity may be caused by:

  • using a toothbrush with hard bristle,
  • wrong brushing technique,
  • bad diet, including drinking fizzy drinks or consuming highly processed foods,
  • using toothpastes with a high RDA value,
  • frequent vomitting,
  • nail/pen biting,
  • excessive oral hygiene,
  • insufficient oral hygiene,
  • microdamages in teeth.

Treating tooth sensitivities at home

In order to get rid of the tooth sensitivity problem, we need to treat its cause. Can we do that at home?  This issue has been researched by dr David Lecenson, a scientist from the New York University College of Dentistry in the US.

Along with his team, he examined 2436 patients, who needed to use sensitive toothpastes for some time. As it turns out, the effectivity of these depends on the active substances used as their ingredients. The products containing strontium compounds didn’t have positive effects. On the other hand, the ones containing:

  • potassium compounds,
  • arginine,
  • zinc fluoride,
  • phosphorus silicate

do indeed help treating tooth sensitivities!

If you’re suffering from sensitive teeth, remember that you can treat it. Start from using a carefully chosen toothpaste, then visit the dentist who will determine what should be done next in your case.