For people with sensitive teeth, eating or drinking can be excruciating. There are many desensitizing toothpastes that claim to help with the problem, but how do you pick the one that’s best for you?
To answer that question, we’ll take a look at how desensitizing toothpastes work and what to keep in mind when searching for oral health care products.
Healthy teeth are protected by a layer of enamel which surrounds the dentin in your teeth. If this protective layer is worn away, parts of the tooth are left exposed. When these exposed teeth encounter certain foods or even cold air, it can cause a painful reaction.
Regular toothpaste helps clean your teeth and keep them healthy. A desensitizing toothpaste does this as well and contains a special ingredient that stops pain signals by shielding the nerves in your teeth. The most common active ingredients in a desensitizing toothpaste are potassium nitrate, strontium chloride, and stannous fluoride.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has rated each of the active ingredients in desensitizing toothpaste to be a low to moderate health hazard. On a scale of 0 to 10, with 10 being the most hazardous and 0 being the least, potassium nitrate scored a 1, stannous fluoride was rated 2 out of 10, and strontium chloride was judged to be a moderately hazardous 3 out of 10.
Many desensitizing toothpastes also come with instructions that prohibit long-term use and recommend seeing a dentist if sensitivity persists for more than a few weeks.
Desensitizing toothpaste can be an effective method to deal with the pain caused by sensitive teeth, but they can’t cure your sensitivity. In fact, the very best toothpaste for sensitive teeth is one that doesn’t contain harmful chemicals and detergents.
In certain cases, your toothpaste may actually be doing more harm to your teeth than good. Consider switching to an all-natural product like Dr. Ginger’s Coconut Toothpaste. The main ingredient in all of Dr. Ginger’s products is coconut oil, which is 100% safe. Dr. Ginger combines all the natural benefits of oil pulling in a modern form that tastes great and is completely fluoride-free.
Remember: prevention is the best cure for sensitive teeth. Protect your teeth naturally Dr. Ginger’s Coconut Oil oral health products.