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Aug
15

Three Ways to Fight Tooth Sensitivity

Having sensitive teeth can make it difficult to enjoy your favorite foods or even sit through a dental appointment. There are a number of different things that can cause people to experience sensitive teeth, some of which are caused by ourselves without us actually realizing it. Others may not be as easy to prevent. Depending on what’s causing your tooth sensitivity, here are 3 common ways to effectively fight and even reverse tooth sensitivity:

Check Your Toothpaste

The first thing your dentist or hygienist will ask you when you have generalized tooth sensitivity is what kind of toothpaste you are using. Believe it or not, toothpastes with “whitening” formulas can cause tremendous amounts of tooth sensitivity. This reason alone is probably the most common cause of sensitivity in dental patients. Changing to a “sensitivity” toothpaste should reverse the symptoms within 2 weeks of use. 

Ask For Fluoride Varnish

This white, viscous varnish is perfect for making teeth stronger, as well as reversing sensitivity of the teeth. Areas like those with gum recession or just generalized sensitivity typically experience a reversal of sensitivity that lasts as long as 3 months after one application of fluoride varnish. 

Know What Foods To Watch Out For

Certain types of acidic foods can cause erosion of the tooth enamel, making the teeth more sensitive. Some examples are lemons or tomatoes. Or, if you have unmanaged acid reflux disease, you could be getting enamel erosion across your teeth as well. Rising your mouth thoroughly with water can help flush away some of the acids that your teeth are exposed to after consuming these types of foods.

Posted of the behalf of Justin Scott

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