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Jun 23

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Taking Care Of Sensitive Teeth

As millions of people all around the world know, sensitive teeth can make life in general a nightmare.  Sensitive teeth come with pain and discomfort that can make eating or drinking your favorite foods a painful experience.  Although you may suffer from sensitive teeth, it can be treated.

Normally, this condition presents tooth pain after drinking cold liquid, eating hot or cold foods, or breathing cold air.  If the pain becomes too much to bear, you should see your dentist immediately since the nerve of your tooth could be exposed.  Normally, sensitive teeth start when he gums begin to recede exposing the root. The gums are like a protective blanket, they cover and protect the teeth’s roots from hot and cold food & liquids .  When the gums recede , the roots have no protection, and therefore they will be exposed to temperature changes.

The exposed roots contain small tubules that lead directly to the nerves of the teeth.  Whenever pressure, hot, or cold elements travel down the tubules, it will trigger the nerves and result in pain.  Those who don’t have sensitive teeth will have their gums covering the tubules, which prevents these types of things from happening.

You want to stop tooth sensitivity and keep the gums healthy.  If you reduce the pressure you use when brushing your teeth, you’ll find that your gums will remain healthy.  .  If you have sensitive teeth now, you should try using an electric toothbrush such as the Sonicare advanced electric toothbrush.

If you have sensitive teeth, there are some things you can do to reduce sensitivity.  There are several toothpastes on the market that contain potassium nitrate, which helps to reduce pain and discomfort associated with sensitivity.  Although there are several toothpastes to choose from, Sensodyne is the preferred.  It’s recommended by dentists as being the best, simply because it plugs up the tubules of the tooth and stops the pain where it starts.

Mouthwash can also help tooth sensitivity, provided it contains fluoride.  You can also ask your dentist which mouthwash he recommends, as there are several to choose from.  Scope is a great brand to use, as it offers you plenty of fluoride without any alcohol.  Unlike Listerine, Scope won’t burn your mouth when you use it.  It will leave you with a clean feeling, and get your mouth and teeth completely clean – killing millions of bacteria.

If you start using fluoride toothpaste such as Sensodyne and mouthwash, you’ll  may notice some improvement in your teeth and gums.  The sensitivity will begin going away, giving you almost immediate relief.  When you brush, make sure you brush gently, and avoid using any type of force, as it will always cause your gums to recede.

In the event that using Sensodyne and fluoride mouthwash doesn’t help, you should ask your dentist about other options available to you.  Your dentist will know what will help you, so you shouldn’t hesitate to ask.

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