Having sores or sensitivity in your mouth is one of the most annoying things. Every time you drink, eat, talk, or laugh, you feel the pain. It can affect your day to day, most likely making you a little grumpy.
We want to cover some tricks to help you deal with some of the possible issues you have going on in your mouth.
Think you might have a teething baby? Don’t worry we have a blog for that too. Check it out, here.
But today’s blog is for those who are a little more sensitive…when it comes to their mouth!
Mouth Issue Tips and Tricks
- Talk To Your Dentist
First, be sure to visit the dentist twice a year for regular cleanings.
If you notice you are constantly getting sores in your mouth or your teeth are really sensitive, you should first talk to your dentist.
Your dentist might have you change up your routine or might find that these issues could be a sign of other (bigger) unknown problems.
You can try some of these other tips or ask your dentist their thoughts on them.
2. Follow A Consistent Oral Hygiene Routine
Following a consistent routine can help:
- Prevent plaque and tartar buildup
- Prevent cavities
- Lower your risk of gum disease
- Lower your risk of other oral issues
Brush teeth thoroughly twice a day (for two minutes at a time) AND floss daily in between teeth to remove plaque. Don’t forget to brush your tongue using a few back-to-front strokes to remove bad breath-causing bacteria.
Rinse your toothbrush and store it in an upright position where it can air-dry. If stored with other toothbrushes, make sure the toothbrushes don’t touch each other.
3. Change Your Toothbrush
If you have sensitive teeth and/or sores in your mouth you might want to switch to a Soft Toothbrush or even an Extra Soft Toothbrush.
It’s also recommended to replace your toothbrush every 3 months, or before if the bristles are frayed.
Some people might think a hard-bristled toothbrush is best to remove plaque but it can lead to receding gums and damaged enamel (especially if you tend to brush hard).
4. Change Your Toothpaste
Lots of toothpastes contain an ingredient called Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) which is known for drying out the mouth and causing canker sores. If you are someone who already gets canker sores, this can magnify the problem.
Look for alternative options, like our Protect & Whiten Toothpaste, that contains natural ingredients (like Xylitol and Calcium Hydroxyapatite) both known for oral health benefits. Some of those benefits include remineralization abilities that help with sensitive teeth.
5. Find A Good Mouthwash
A good mouthwash can help control bad breath, reduce bacteria, help with receding gums, gingivitis, dry mouth, and more.
This might be a great question to ask your dentist. But we always encourage looking for options that include natural ingredients.
When searching for a mouthwash make sure you have the purpose in mind. Do you want it for your sensitive teeth? Or is it for dry mouth? Figuring out the purpose can help you narrow it down.
6. Change Up Your Diet
Sores in the mouth can be irritated or caused by certain foods like:
AKA avoid citrus or acidic fruits and vegetables. This might require a little trial and error before you realize what is causing/increasing your canker sores.
7. Look For Supplements
If you’re suffering from sensitive teeth or constant sores in your mouth, you’ve probably Googled solutions and have likely seen some vitamins and minerals pop up.
Here are a few vitamins and minerals that are known to promote mouth care:
- Calcium. Some studies show the ability to harden enamel and strengthen the jawbone.
- Lysine. Some studies show the ability to prevent canker sores and reduce healing time.
- Vitamin B6 and B12. Bad breath, loss of taste, burning mouth, and other issues might be a sign you need more B6 and B12 in your diet.
- Zinc and Iron. Deficiencies in zinc and iron have been associated with canker sores.
- Folate. Folate is known to help with gum disease and reducing irritation.
The good news about a lot of these vitamins is that you can find them in a good multivitamin or prenatal supplement (and we have both of those)!
8. Find A Cooling Gel For Relief
Having something on hand for mouth issues can help prevent some grumpiness and tears. Especially when the option is great for babies and up.
Our Cool Gums Teething Gel is popularly used for people with braces, those with sensitive teeth, mouth irritation, teething, and more.
Keep it in your fridge for some extra “cooling” relief.
Preventative Oral Care Routine For Future Relief
The days of limited toothpaste/toothbrush options are long gone. If you are constantly hurting from sensitive teeth or sores in your mouth, then it’s time to switch up the products that you’re using or your current routine.
Make sure the ingredients in your current products aren’t causing continued irritation. And, as always, check with your dentist if you have serious issues or questions.
For a great fluoride-free toothpaste for sensitive teeth, check out Protect & Whiten Toothpaste.