December 22, 2014
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Protection for sensitive teeth

Do you experience pain or tingling in your teeth, especially when eating sweet, hot or cold foods? Do brushing and flossing sometimes cause you to cringe?

Pain from sensitive teeth usually comes and goes. If you have constant pain, it could be a sign of a more serious problem. Discuss your symptoms with your dental professional to determine the cause and proper treatment.

What causes sensitive teeth?

In healthy teeth, porous tissue called dentin is protected by your gums and by your teeth's hard enamel outer layer. Dentin can become exposed due to receding gums, fractured or chipped teeth or erosion. Microscopic holes in the dentin, called tubules, connect to the nerve, triggering pain when irritated by certain foods and beverages.

But there are other factors that can cause tooth sensitivity:

  • Brushing too hard. Brushing too hard or using a hard-bristled toothbrush can cause gum recession and root exposure over time
  • Gum disease. Inflamed or sore gum tissue may lead to tooth sensitivity by exposing the root surface leading directly to the nerve of the tooth
  • Your age. You may experience increased sensitivity at different ages throughout your life
  • Acidic foods. Eating acidic foods and beverages on a regular basis can cause enamel to erode, increasing the likelihood of sensitivity

How do you treat tooth sensitivity?

Depending on the diagnosis, your dental professional may recommend one or more of the following treatments to relieve the symptoms of sensitive teeth:

  • Brush with a de-sensitizing toothpaste, like Crest Pro-Health Toothpaste.
  • Use a soft-bristle toothbrush, or a powered brush, to help protect gums.
  • Use a prescription fluoride rinse or gel made for sensitive teeth.

Crest Pro-Health

Crest Pro-Health Toothpaste is the first to provide protection against cavities, gingivitis, plaque, sensitive teeth and tartar buildup that also freshens breath and whitens your teeth. It contains 0.454% stannous fluoride that has been clinically proven to reduce pain associated with sensitive teeth.

Crest Pro-Health Toothpaste is ideal for pain related to exposed tooth dentin associated with age, gingival recession, and/or overzealous brushing, and pain caused by hot, cold, sweet, or acidic foods.

 


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