Selecting Sensitive Toothpaste

Dentinal hypersensitivity (or what is most commonly known as tooth sensitivity) effects many people on a daily basis. Having pain every time you eat, drink, breathe in cold air, or brush your teeth, can be debilitating and change quality of life for some individuals.

Sensitivity can be the result of enamel wear, erosion, and/or receding gums, which expose either the root of the tooth or the second layer of tooth structure (dentin). By providing a shield of protection to exposed areas that contribute to sensitivity, Sensitivity toothpaste may be able to help when used as part of your daily hygiene routine.

Almost every brand has a sensitive version of toothpaste. There are also over-the-counter brands, such as Prevident, that can be purchased from your dentist or pharmacist as an added protection for sensitivity and cavity prevention.

Regardless of the type of toothpaste you choose to use, the best results come from remembering the following:

  1. Brush
  2. Spit
  3. Stop!

You might be thinking: Shouldn’t the last step be “Rinse”? In reality, after brushing, it is a good idea to spit out the remaining toothpaste and try not to rinse out your mouth right afterwards. The fluoride in toothpaste needs thirty minutes to absorb and coat your teeth. Rinsing with water or mouthwash right after brushing your teeth increases the risk of washing all of the benefits of toothpaste down the drain.

Here’s to finding the toothpaste that best suits you and your dental needs!


Braeside Dental Centre


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