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Sensitive Teeth

sensitive teethIf you have sensitive teeth, you know that your mouth can be painful due to a number of reasons. Sensitivity in the teeth is caused by different things. The most common cause of tooth sensitivity comes from the protective enamel of the tooth being worn away. Underneath the enamel lies the layer known as the dentin. The dentin has small, microscopic nerves throughout. When exposed, teeth will become quite sensitive. According to our Los Angeles sensitive teeth treatment expert, dentin often becomes exposed due to gum recession, decay and abrasion due to food, or brushing that is too hard.

It is very important that you see our expert in sensitive teeth in Los Angeles at the first sign of tooth sensitivity as it could also be caused by more serious issues. In most cases, sensitivity is relatively minor and once you see our expert, you can start doing some things at home to reduce sensitivity.

One of the things that our Los Angeles sensitive teeth treatment expert will recommend is for patients to use desensitizing toothpaste. These toothpastes will help your teeth become less sensitive, though it typically takes a couple of weeks before you notice a difference in sensitivity. You can find this type of toothpaste over-the-counter at most drug stores.

Another over-the-counter remedy that you can find in most drug stores is fluoride rinses. All major tooth care brands have a fluoride rinse on the market. If you try the over the counter fluoride rinses or gels and they do not work, there are also professional strength fluoride products available.

Our expert in sensitive teeth in Los Angeles also suggests putting more effort into the care of your teeth when experiencing sensitivity. You should brush twice a day and floss at least once a day. When you brush, make sure you are using a soft bristle toothbrush. Toothbrushes with hard bristles can, over time, remove the protective enamel from your teeth.

Finally, you can reduce tooth sensitivity by quitting any tobacco use, especially chewing tobacco. This habit will cause gum recession, make your teeth weak, and is the leading contributing factor to mouth cancer.

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