• 25 MAR 13
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    Dr. Harris, my teeth are so sensitive!

    We found an article from Colgate that explains the causes and some things that you can do to reduce tooth sensitivity. Here is a sample:

    Exposure of the dentin can occur due to a number of factors. Some of the more common reasons are:

    • Gum recession due to age or improper tooth brushing
    • Acidic beverages (such as soda) that cause enamel erosion and dentin exposure
    • Tooth grinding – this may actually cause most or all of the teeth to feel sensitive
    • Brushing with a very abrasive toothpaste, brushing incorrectly and/or brushing more than three times a day could result in a loss of enamel
    • Gum disease, which can result in gum recession
    • A chipped or fractured tooth may expose the dentin

    The first step in doing something about dental sensitivity is to find out what the cause is – a dental professional can help you with this. If the sensitivity is due to exposed dentin, there are a number of steps you can take, as can your dental professional, to help reduce the sensitivity. These can include:

    • Using a very soft bristle tooth brush
    • Brushing correctly to help prevent abrasion of the enamel and recession of the gums
    • Using a toothpaste specially formulated to help reduce sensitivity
    • The dental professional can:
      • Apply a fluoride varnish on the sensitive areas to help strengthen the tooth
      • Prescribe a high fluoride tooth paste to use every day
      • Place a dental restoration to build up the areas that have lost enamel

    You can see the rest of the article here:

    http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/Oral-and-Dental-Health-Basics/Common-Concerns/Sensitivity/article/What-Causes-Tooth-Sensitivity.cvsp

    Please call our office at 877.9111 if we can help!

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