We all want healthy and pain-free teeth, but before you start attacking your pearly whites with well-intentioned gusto, check you’re using the correct brushing technique and tools for the job. Follow these five steps to get your teeth back into shape while treating your tooth sensitivity at the same time:
1. Go Softly – gums are fragile, shrinking back when they’re assaulted by high pressure brushing, exposing the porous dentine. Plaque itself is quite soft, so you shouldn’t need to press very hard to eliminate it from the gum line. The Philips Sonicare FlexCare Platinum electric toothbrush features a unique, intuitive Pressure Sensor to help reduce aggressive brushing. The handle gently vibrates to let you know when you’re applying too much pressure.
2. Take Aim – plaque likes to hide in the dips and rivets of our gums, supported by the same structure that secures our teeth. Left unaddressed, it can develop into gingivitis and gum disease.
3. Make a Change – Philips Sonicare toothbrushes remove up to 7x more plaque than manual toothbrushes, treating your teeth and gums to 31,000 gentle brush movements a minute. In fact, your Philips Sonicare delivers more brush strokes in two minutes than a manual brush could in a month! Learn more about the differences between manual and electric brushes.
4. Be Kind – specialised toothpastes like Sensodyne , plus rinses and gels may alleviate mild symptoms, blocking dentin pores and controlling sensation.
5. Diagnose ASAP – book an appointment with your dentist to make sure you correctly identify and treat the root cause of the problem.
Fast Fact: 1 in 8 adults suffer from dental sensitivity in some point in their lives.