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Teeth Sensitivity

Do you have sensitivity?

  • Does your mouth or teeth hurt when you eat or drink hot or cold foods?
  • If you eat sweet, sour foods or drink does your mouth hurt?
  • Does cold air on your teeth give you pain?

If you answered yes to any of these questions above, you probably have some teeth sensitivity. Talk to your dentist at your next appointment about your sensitivity or schedule a new appointment today.


Causes of Teeth Sensitivity

Extra sensitive teeth probably have exposed dentin. Therefore, your enamel layer may be thinner or non-existent in some parts of your mouth. Exposed dentin can be caused by a number of factors, including:

  • wear and tear
  • aging
  • grinding teeth, clenching jaw, or bruxism
  • tooth decay
  • gum disease, periodontal disease, or gingivitis
  • trauma
  • plaque buildup
  • acidic foods
  • dental work
  • tooth whitening products


Did you know? Teeth are most sensitive between 25-30 years of age.


How to reduce Teeth Sensitivity

First of all, a basic oral care regimen benefits your overall mouth health and reduces sensitivity. Brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and following with a fluoride and antiseptic mouthwash can reduce teeth sensitivity and improve your oral health. Additionally, your dentist will recommend a soft-bristled toothbrush, sensitive teeth fluoride toothpaste, and a fluoride rinse.

Also, if you have a history of grinding your teeth or clenching your jaw, ask your Ann Arbor Smiles dentist about a mouthguard. Protecting your teeth at night can reduce dentin exposure and protect your teeth from trauma.

If sensitive toothpaste doesn’t seem to do the trick, talk to your Ann Arbor Smiles dentist.  In addition, they can provide options like fillings, fluoride varnish, or dental sealants that can be added to teeth to reduce sensitivity.

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