(WXYZ) – There’s new hope on the horizon for those who suffer with tooth sensitivity and it involves green tea extract.
This can be a painful season for those who love ice cream and have sensitivity to cold foods. Now I’ve talked about this green tea compound before.
It’s called ECGC – short for epigallocatechin-3-gallate. Scientists added this ingredient to the traditional, and less effective material currently used to manage sensitive teeth. Research showed it not only stood up to wear and tear with abrasive brushing, but it also fought off plaque formation and tooth erosion, which could mean less cavities.
There are many causes for sensitive teeth like cavities, worn fillings, gum disease or an exposed tooth root. Sensitivity happens when the protective enamel layer becomes worn and exposes the bony tissue called dentin. And when you drink anything hot or cold, the liquids then directly hit the nerves causing a sharp pain.
This new research looks promising but it’s still preliminary. To help you ease sensitive teeth, here are my prescriptions.
- Try desensitizing toothpaste as they can help ease pain after several applications. Look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance.
- Proper oral hygiene is important. Floss once a day and brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day.
- Use a soft-bristled tooth brush and avoid brushing too hard. To keep your enamel clean, brush at a 45-degree angle to your gum line.
- See your dentist. There are a variety of treatments for different causes of sensitivity like fluoride gel, crowns, surgical gum grafts and root canals.
If you have tooth sensitivity, that’s usually a sign that something is wrong. You could be at risk for tooth loss. And not fixing cavities could lead to a gum or jaw infection which could spread to your head or neck if it gets severe enough. If you have sensitivity, see your dentist as early as possible. It’ll be less invasive to fix and less money from your wallet.
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