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Question Sensitive teeth - January 6th 2009, 07:33 PM

I have really sensitive teeth from grinding my teeth at night. I have to wear a night guard because of this, if I skip even one night my teeth are worse the next day. I only use sensodyne toothpaste, brush after waking, before bed, occasionally another time throughout the day. I try to avoid foods with a lot of sugar in them, and if I do eat them I rinse my mouth after.

Are there any other tricks I could do to keep the pain away? I already can't eat anything too cold, hard or tough. I miss being able to eat whatever whenever :[
   
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January 6th 2009, 08:36 PM

My advice would be to check for any cavities at the dentist. Then try maybe something like listerine to really rinse germs out and then act to help keep your teeth strong. Other than that continue to wear the night guard and keep all regular cleanings with the dentist (every 6 months is often recommended)... and I am not sure if it will help but avoid foods with high acidity.
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January 6th 2009, 09:53 PM

Brush using a baby/soft toothbrush and only brush up and down, side to side only on the bottoms/tops of your teeth not the front, and make sure to do it lightly.(if that made sense?) Talk to your dentist about fluoride rinses, they are able to protect your teeth on the days that they may be too sensitive to brush (IE: if you miss a night with your guard) or even a fluoride toothpaste ( I currently use floridex for tooth sensitivity developed after surgery). Avoid sugars, citrus fruits, pops and teas.


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January 6th 2009, 10:01 PM

Sensodyne is a good move. I use it too. I also use a mouthpiece you can buy at pharmacies or supermarkets to wear at night, to help with grinding and prevent worsening of TMJ disease.


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January 6th 2009, 10:16 PM

I had my [first!] cavities filled a few months ago, since then my teeth have been better but still not like they used to be. At night after brushing, I do use scope mouthwash, my toothpaste does have some fluoride in it [studies have shown that too much fluoride in ones diet can result in tooth problems, mostly in younger children though].

The toothbrush I use is medium; I find that if I use soft brushes then my teeth don't feel clean, but I try to brush lightly and not ram the brush into my teeth, especially the tops/bottoms. On the rare day I'm not able to brush the tops/bottoms, but if that is the case I always double dose with scope.
   
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Re: Sensitive teeth - January 7th 2009, 06:52 AM

Things like floridex or fluoride rinses won't provide you with too much fluoride, there is a significant increase from the amount of fluoride present in regular toothpastes but not enough to do any damage. It's given for people with braces or sensitive teeth because it's been proved to decrease sensitivity.

http://health.howstuffworks.com/home...tive-teeth.htm
http://www.saveyoursmile.com/healtha...tiveteeth.html

Those are two sites that you can read for some more information.


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Re: Sensitive teeth - January 7th 2009, 11:36 AM

If you're still having trouble, I think the best thing to do at this point would be to see your dentist. Let them know what you're doing and how much it helps, if at all. They may be able to recommend something to help you on your teeth sensitivity.


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