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Dentin hypersensitivity and you

Did you know that one out of four adults suffers from dentin hypersensitivity or “sensitive teeth? This is generally caused by receding gums and/or the wear of tooth enamel. Uncomfortable and often very painful, dentin hypersensitivity occurs when hot or cold food and beverages come into contact with an exposed root surface or the porous part a tooth, called the dentin. There are several causes of dentin hypersensitivity, including:

As is the case with other dental problems, hypersensitivity can be prevented by adopting good habits on a daily basis: gently brush your teeth twice a day for 2 to 3 minutes to remove as much tartar as possible and use a soft-bristled toothbrush or an electric toothbrush (some have even been designed to minimize abrasion!). Floss your teeth and use a fluoride mout wash when needed. Eat healthy foods that are low on sugar. Finally, regularly visit your dentist for a check-up and cleaning.

 

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