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Tooth sensitivity is one of the most
common complaints among dental
patients, and approximately 40 million
adults in the United States suffer at
some point from sensitive teeth.
So you are not alone if you get pain
when you eat or drink certain foods
Sensitivity is also aggravated by heat,
cold such as ice cream or soft drinks,
citrus fruits and juices, brushing, flossing,
acid reflux and other factors that result
in the erosion of the teeth’s hard
Exposed areas of the tooth that cause
pain can even affect or change your
drinking, eating and breathing habits.
Tooth sensitivity is caused by fluid
movement within the exposed
microscopic tubules located in the dentin -
which is the layer of tissue underneath
the hard enamel outer layer and
contains the inner pulp -
and that results in nerve irritation when
the hard enamel has worn down, teeth
are fractured or chipped, or the gums
have receded -
and the items that cause pain come in
contact with the nerves inside your
Visit your dentist for a diagnostic
evaluation so he or she can rule out that
the pain is being caused by a cavity or
need for a root canal -
- or a suggestion that fluoride or a
protective coating be applied to the
sensitive areas to strengthen the
enamel and cover any exposed tooth
A mouth guard may be needed If you
grind your teeth because tooth grinding
(bruxism) can cause sensitivity and
If you do not have those problems,
your dentist may recommend one
of the following:
1. Use a desensitizing toothpaste to help
block the pain.
After brushing, you might want to
massage the special paste onto your
gums with your finger.
Don’t be discouraged by the fact that
this special toothpaste must be used on
a regular basis twice a day for
approximately a month before any
therapeutic benefits are noticed.
2. Ingredients found in some tooth
whitening toothpastes used to lighten
and/or remove certain stains and the
main ingredient in toothpastes for tartar
control may increase sensitivity.
3. Floss daily with a comfortable floss
designed especially for even the most
Brush your teeth twice a day with a soft
bristled toothbrush to remove up to 90
percent of plaque from even hard to
reach areas while being gentle on
You should avoid harsh or vigorous
scrubbing and highly abrasive
A hard bristled toothbrush wears down
the tooth's surface, exposes sensitive
areas and can cause gum recession and
Are you guilty of brushing too hard?
Find out by looking at your toothbrush.
If the bristles are pointing in different
directions, you are.
4. Avoid brushing immediately after
eating or drinking acidic substances
because the acid softens enamel and
makes it more vulnerable to erosion
5. Limit acidic foods such as citrus fruits
and drinks, wine and others, all of
which can gradually remove tooth
If you drink acidic liquids, use a straw in
order to limit contact with your teeth.
After you eat or drink something acidic,
drink a glass of water or milk in order
to balance the acid levels.