My post-partum body is insane. And not insane in the good, “Shaun T Insanity” kind of way – more like insane in the “I got hit by a truck” kind of way. Having been down this road before, I thought I knew what to expect. The pooch, dark skin patches, hair falling out… but sensitive teeth? How on earth did I get sensitive teeth from having a baby? Is no part of my body off limits? Part of me wonders if the tooth sensitivity is related to the general lack of hygiene that comes along with having a newborn, a toddler and no free time (i.e. the other day when I dared to shower while both kids were awake my husband asked, “what do you think this is, the Four Seasons?”). But then I did some deep, scientific Google research and saw that teeth sensitivity seems to be a relatively common post-partum issue.
In my extensive Google findings, I learned a little bit more about the various causes of tooth sensitivity including the obvious causes such as tooth decay, plaque and gingivitis, as well as routine dental procedures. Then I remembered the excruciating sensitivity I experienced when I whitened my teeth for my wedding. And I also uncovered some less obvious behavioral causes such as:
– Grinding one’s teeth
– Using mouthwash over a long period of time
– Consuming acidic foods
So basically, everything I do is causing me to have sensitive teeth. Mystery solved!
I have used sensitive toothpastes in the past and never really felt like they did a good job of cleaning my teeth. It’s as if in order for your teeth to feel really clean, you must feel some sort of pain. Otherwise, why would anyone go to the dentist? No pain, no gain my friends. But imagine you could get rid of that pain altogether with, say, a magical strip that works in just minutes. Wouldn’t that be nice? Enter Crest Sensi-Stop Strips, now available at Walmart. Crest Sensi-Stop Strips are easy to use, like teeth whitening strips, and offer up to one month of relief from tooth sensitivity. Simply apply the gel side of the strip to the problem areas and wear for 10 minutes and voilá! You can be consuming hot coffee and ice cream in 30 minutes without batting an eye (or shedding a tear).
My first impression of the Crest Sensi-Stop Strips is that they are perfect for busy parents, like myself. I was able to put a strip on my teeth while putting the kids to bed and almost forgot to take it off. Today I was a little less afraid to drink my morning coffee, and rightfully so because the Sensi-Stop Strips provide immediate relief. I will be back in a month to report on the longevity of this relief and how the treatment worked out for me. Stay tuned!