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28Nov2010

A Little On The Sensitive Side?

NO, WE AREN’T GOING TO TALK ABOUT YOUR PERSONALITY…What we want to help you out with is your sensitive teeth. Ok, so not all of you deal with sensitive teeth, but for those of you that do, it’s something that can really change the way you live and eat.

Tooth sensitivity can come from just about anywhere—really sweet or sour foods, hot or cold temperatures, even just biting can hurt. The resulting pain will range from mild to severe, many times it is very sharp and shoots right into the nerve endings.

There are many causes of sensitivity, but they all result in one problem:  The nerve endings in your teeth are too easily exposed, giving them a lower tolerance for the things you eat.

No matter the level, at Elizabethtown Dental we know that tooth sensitivity is not enjoyable to live with. So here are a couple of things you can do to help your teeth become less sensitive:

  • BRUSHING: First, make sure you keep consistent oral care. This helps to prevent tarter buildup and reduces the risk of exposing nerves. When you are brushing make sure to choose a soft bristled toothbrush to decrease abrasion on your teeth and lower potential gum recession. There are also several brands of toothpaste that help decrease sensitivity with regular use.
  • DAILY ROUTINE: Daily use of a fluoridated mouthwash can often decrease sensitivity. When eating, remember that highly acidic foods can contribute to the dissolve of tooth enamel and limiting these foods can help. Teeth grinding and clenching can also wear your enamel.

We want to be your largest defense in preventing and solving your sensitive tooth issues. After learning about your habits and understanding your teeth, we can recommend solutions and help with steps to make your teeth less sensitive and your daily life more pleasant.

Here’s a short video from Howcast that talks about dealing with sensitive teeth.

If you have any general questions about tooth sensitivity, feel free to send us a question through Facebook—chances are you have the same question as many of our other patients—and we’d love to help everyone we can.

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