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TIPS TO REDUCE TOOTH SENSITIVITY

 

If you find yourself wincing in pain with every sip of hot coffee or bite of ice cream you might have sensitive teeth. Tooth sensitivity occurs when an underlying layer of your teeth is exposed because of receding gum tissue, worn-down tooth enamel or cracked teeth. When this layer is exposed, it allows hot, cold or sweet food to reach the nerve in your tooth, which causes the pain you feel.

 

According to the American Dental Association, one of the most effective ways to help reduce tooth sensitivity is to use desensitizing toothpaste, which helps block sensations from the nerves of the teeth. You can take these additional steps to help prevent tooth sensitivity:

·       Use a soft-bristled toothbrush

·       Avoid highly acidic foods and drinks

·       Avoid teeth grinding

Visit your dentist for regular cleanings every six months
 
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