If you live with sensitive teeth, then you’ve probably spent a lot of time trying to ease the shock you experience every time you drink something too hot or cold. When you look in the toothpaste aisle, you’ll see a lot of products boasting different benefits, including tartar control, whitening and even some geared towards easing sensitive teeth. Here’s a rundown of the most effective products for soothing the pain of sensitive teeth.
Colgate for Sensitive Teeth
Using a newer method of combating sensitivity, Colgate Pro-Argin Sensitive Pro-Relief uses arginine and calcium in the toothpaste to mimic the body’s natural process of remineralization. When sensitivity is due to acid erosion in teeth, this type of toothpaste works by plugging the tooth’s pores with calcium phosphate. Relief with this kind is immediate, and you can even apply it to a single tooth using your finger.
The most recognizable name in the the toothpastes specially designed for sensitive teeth, It desensitizes teeth by using high concentrations of potassium to depolarize the nerve endings in your teeth, which keeps them from sending pain signals. What’s useful about this type of toothpaste is that it can work despite the acid erosion that takes place on your teeth over the course of the day.
The same companies have also produced mouthwashes that are designed to serve the same purpose. Like the toothpastes, sensitivity mouthwashes treat teeth in two major ways: by applying solutions that numb the sensitive parts of teeth, and by coating your tooth enamel with materials that strengthen it. Here are a few of the better known products:
Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief
Also using arginine as an active ingredient, this formula takes the “remineralization” route to alleviating sensitivity.
ACT Total Care Sensitive Formula
This rinse uses sodium fluoride as an active ingredient and leaves out the alcohol.
Sensitive teeth may be a sign of serious dental problems, so if you do experience ongoing sensitivity, make sure to let your Phoenix dentist know. During a checkup, your dentist can check the reason for your sensitivity and talk to you about in-office treatments. If it’s time for your regular dental visit, make an appointment today.