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Tooth sensitivity can occur for many reasons, including:

• Tooth wear and tear
• Tooth damage
• Gum disease
• Teeth grinding habits
• Tooth-whitening products
• Plaque buildup
• Age
• Long-term mouthwash use
• Eating acidic foods
• Dental work

But the most common problem that causes tooth sensitivity is gum recession. If your gums move away from your teeth, the dentin underneath is exposed. In the dentin, there are thousands of different channels that lead to the tooth’s nerves. When you eat or drink hot, cold, sweet, or sour products, the channels are triggered and a sharp or sudden pain shoots up your tooth and into the nerve. To help with receding gums and the other previously mentioned dental problems, you can:

• Brush your teeth twice a day
• Floss your teeth once a day
• Rinse your mouth with fluoride mouthwash daily
• Brush with a soft-bristled toothbrush
• Brush with toothpaste that caters to sensitivity
• Watch what you eat and avoid eating acidic foods
• If you tend to grind your teeth, wear a mouth guard
• Visit your dentist every six months

If these remedies don’t sooth your tooth sensitivity, you might have a bigger dental problem, and we may need to treat it with our successful dental treatments, like dental fillings, dental sealants, and fluoride treatments. So, call our office today and schedule an appointment with your dentist to finally relieve your smile from sensitivity!