Got Sensitive Teeth? Here Are 3 Things You Should Add To Your Oral Care Routine

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If you experience sharp twinges of pain when you eat or drink anything hot, cold or acidic, you might have sensitive teeth

It's a common occurrence that is usually caused by exposed gums or worn tooth enamel, which can be pretty uncomfortable at times. It can also be caused by recessed gums, teeth grinding, and even acid reflux.

Also known as dentin hypersensitivity, this condition can make your life difficult if it isn't treated. That's why it's important to ensure that you carry out healthy oral habits so that your sensitive teeth don't get worse. 

Here are three things those with sensitive teeth should add to their oral care routines:

1. Brushing your teeth gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush

You may think that since you have sensitive teeth, you should brush harder to strengthen your teeth. However, did you know that overbrushing can actually worsen the problem? You might be unknowingly stripping your teeth's enamel without realising it!

To maintain strong tooth enamel, use a soft-bristled toothbrush to gently brush your teeth. On top of that, you can also brush your gums at a 45-degree angle to prevent your enamel from thinning out even further. This also helps to prevent sensitive gums from bleeding.

2. Use a mouthguard to prevent teeth grinding

Since sensitive teeth are caused by worn tooth enamel, it's important that you carry out habits that prevent your enamel from thinning out further. Teeth grinding might be a major factor as to why you're ailed with sensitive teeth, so getting a mouthguard to protect those pearly whites while you sleep at night.

Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, causes wear and tear to your tooth enamel over time and exposes your nerve endings. So, when you eat or drink something that's too hot or too cold, the extreme temperature might aggravate the nerve endings, which is why you feel those flashes of sensitivity.

3. Use mouthwash with potassium nitrate that's suitable for sensitive teeth

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It's a better option to buy sensitive teeth-safe products that won't remove the minerals in your enamel. Ingredients like fluoride and potassium nitrate are good to strengthen the tooth enamel because fluoride reverses the demineralisation process. On the other hand, potassium nitrate is an active component that desensitises the nerve endings in the exposed dentine layer.

Mouthwashes that contain antibacterial components such as essential oils can assist to slow down the buildup of plague on teeth. This helps prevent gum disease as well, which is a major cause of tooth sensitivity, as well as gum recession.

The good news is that Listerine's new Total Care Sensitive mouthwash is formulated with potassium nitrate, fluoride, and antibacterial essential oils. Using this mouthwash daily may help reduce your teeth sensitivity in the long run.

Dr Leroy Kiang gives us more details about sensitive teeth and how to soothe it

The all-new Listerine Total Care Sensitive mouthwash aims to help those who struggle with sensitive teeth

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Understanding what helps when it comes to those twinges of pain in your teeth, Listerine created this new product that's formulated with potassium nitrate to soothe sensitivity, as well as fluoride to repair tooth enamel.

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It also has a mild soothing flavour, and contains natural essential oils to help eradicate germs that cause bad breath, plaque, and gum problems. It's best to swish it in your mouth for 30 seconds twice daily. 

Watch this video to learn more about Listerine Total Care Sensitive:

What's great about Listerine's mouthwashes is that they come with a child-safe cap, which prevents spillage and accidents from happening. This comes in handy when you have children at home, so that they won't accidentally open and drink the mouthwash liquid.

Better yet, you can stand a chance to win dessert e-vouchers worth RM12,000 from now until 31 July with Listerine!

Here's what you gotta do:
1. Spend RM20 and above on any oral care products inclusive of ONE LISTERINE Total Care Sensitive.
2. Answer: Name the Listerine product that provides all-day protection against sensitivity.
3. WhatsApp your receipt, along with [FULL NAME] [ANSWER]  to 017-252 9742

Terms and conditions apply.

Check out their Facebook post for more deets.

Ready to win yourself some e-vouchers? Head over to Listerine's Facebook page to learn more about Listerine Total Care Sensitive mouthwash today!

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