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What to Know about Sensitive Teeth

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Most people will suffer from sensitive teeth at some point in their lives. If you are a parent, you will likely deal with sensitive teeth in children. It is important to understand what the causes are and what can be done, because a sensitive tooth can be very painful. It becomes hard to focus on anything else if the problem is not taken care of. For less severe cases, it is okay to take care of it on your own rather than spending money to go see a Sacramento dentist.

The Causes of Sensitive Teeth

People between the ages of 25 and 30 are most likely to suffer from this problem, but other causes can plague people of all ages. Though brushing at least twice a day is very important to the health of teeth, you can actually brush too hard. If you put too much pressure into it or do not use soft-bristled toothbrushes, hard brushing can cause sensitive teeth. When gums recede or get infected with gingivitis, this can also cause sensitive teeth. Products such as whitening products and mouthwash can cause sensitive teeth as well through the chemicals that are inside. Some people are more sensitive to the chemicals, while others simply overuse the products and the chemicals become overwhelming. Certain acidic foods such as citrus and pickles can wear down the enamel on the teeth and make them sensitive. Other causes include teeth grinding and dental procedures.

Ways to Prevent Sensitive Teeth
There are some things you can do to prevent having sensitive teeth. You should do these and encourage family members to do the same, especially if some are prone to sensitive teeth. Purchase a soft-bristled brush and use it at least twice a day. Use safe mouthwash and floss to keep good dental hygiene – these should have fluoride as an active ingredient. Avoid acidic foods that will break down your tooth enamel. Use toothpaste that is specially made for sensitive teeth. Avoid grinding teeth – if you do it in your sleep, buy a mouth guard to wear at night. Last but not least, go see a Sacramento dentist once every six months for a regular checkup and more if you need special care.

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