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Sensitive Teeth? Rocket Fast Tip Guaranteed To Reduce Tooth Pain.

Updated on January 8, 2012

Dentin examples

Cutaway view of a tooth showing the dentin layer.
Cutaway view of a tooth showing the dentin layer. | Source
View of the dentin layer under a microscope. Notice the small holes that are filled by the material in the sensitive toothpaste.
View of the dentin layer under a microscope. Notice the small holes that are filled by the material in the sensitive toothpaste. | Source

Protip to speed relief.

When I was a teenager, I mistakenly thought in order to get really clean teeth and gums I needed to brush vigorously with a hard bristle brush and for years I did that every night.

Big mistake. You see, that hard bristle brush worked so well that it eventually wore away the gum line along my teeth which had the effect of exposing part of my roots to foods and liquids.

So whenever I ate and drank things that were hot or cold, I would be in agony.

Several years later, tooth pastes that were specially designed to reduce sensitivity came to market and my dentist suggested I try them. I did and they went a long way to reducing the pain associated with hot and cold foods. I could finally enjoy eating ice cream and found enjoyment in those small pleasures once more. Only one thing.......

If I were to eat something that was very acidic like a green apple or pineapple, the tooth pain returned as if I had never used the sensitive toothpaste. You see, what was happening was the acids in the foods were washing or dissolving the micro grains of material that was in the toothpastes filling in the small holes found in the exposed dentin of the tooth. The way these types of toothpastes work is when brushing, over the course of days and weeks, the small material within the toothpaste fills the tiny holes which effectively block the hot or cold foods and liquids from ever reaching the sensitive nerve just inside the tooth. It's like stuffing golf balls inside hollow cement bricks. It'll make them quite a bit less porous.

So fast forward to a couple of weeks ago. For years I'd been using sensitive toothpastes with just a regular SOFT bristle brush and for the most part it worked as advertised.

But then I switched to a battery powered sonic toothbrush and something miraculous happened.

My teeth started to become vastly more resilient to hot and cold foods. So much so that things like ice water and ice cream became very easy to eat. See, even with the toothpaste I would still not be able to "swish" these things around the outside of my teeth without an ouch moment occurring.

It was wonderful!

So I got to thinking "what could be causing this to happen?"

Here's my theory. When brushing with the battery powered toothbrush, the powerful vibrations were having the effect of pushing those miro "golf balls" deeper and harder into the holes of the dentin as well as pushing more of them in there too. And those acidic foods didn't affect me as much as before because I had more of those "golf balls" in my dentin holes.

Heck, my theory could be totally wrong but the fact remains that by simply changing my toothbrush my teeth sensitivity has dramatically changed for the better and by making one simple change has made all the difference in the world.

So if your in the same predicament and are looking for a way to increase the effectiveness of the brand of sensitivity toothpaste your using, look into a battery powered toothbrush. It may just make all the difference in the world.


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