Many individuals who suffer from tooth sensitivity or pangingilo often ignore their condition simply because it only happens—that sharp, stabbing pain—when they eat or drink hot, cold, sweet, or sour food. A minor nuisance it might be, experts assert it’s a problem that should be taken seriously.
Those diagnosed with dentine hypersensitivity are advised to incorporate good habits into their daily oral health routine. A dentist-recommended brand of toothpaste for sensitive teeth shares the following tips to ensure pangingilo doesn’t ruin a person love of food.
Practice good oral hygiene
Brushing regularly can help prevent conditions such as enamel wear and gum recession that can lead to sensitivity. Eighty-seven percent of Filipinos are suffering from dental caries while 48.3 percent have gum diseases. The Department of Health said these common dental problems can be prevented through regular and proper tooth brushing and flossing.
Don’t brush too hard or too often
Too much of anything is bad, like brushing aggressively or more frequently than what the dentist recommends. Aggressive brushing can cause or exacerbate receding gums and wear of tooth enamel. Over time, this can lead to exposed dentine and tooth sensitivity.
Use a softer toothbrush
The hardness of toothbrush bristles also has an impact on tooth wear. Although harder and firm bristles may slightly remove more plaque, it is recommended by the Philippine Dental Association to use toothbrush with soft bristles. This can help reduce the effects of aggressive brushing and help protect teeth’s enamel.
Use a sensitivity toothpaste
Brushing twice daily with a specially formulated sensitivity toothpaste with fluoride is one of the most effective ways to manage tooth sensitivity. Sensodyne, the brand recommended by dentists for sensitive dentin, launches its new Rapid Relief variant which has been clinically proven to give relief on the first brush, when used for at least one minute.
Sensodyne Rapid Relief’s key ingredient is stannous fluoride, which blocks the exposed dentine tubules. It also builds a gel-like scaffold to keep the stannous fluoride in place to prevent it from being washed away in the mouth. It’s available at leading stores nationwide.
Visit the dentist regularly
When the aforementioned tips have been followed, it’s still vital to make an appointment with a dentist and talk about the best oral hygiene routine, which includes best tooth brushing technique, how frequent, and how long.
COMMENT DISCLAIMER: Reader comments posted on this Web site are not in any way endorsed by Manila Standard. Comments are views by manilastandard.net readers who exercise their right to free expression and they do not necessarily represent or reflect the position or viewpoint of manilastandard.net. While reserving this publication’s right to delete comments that are deemed offensive, indecent or inconsistent with Manila Standard editorial standards, Manila Standard may not be held liable for any false information posted by readers in this comments section.