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Sensitive teeth? MUST READ

Updated on June 29, 2010

Sensitive teeth

Dentine hypersensitivity (sensitive teeth) is usually a very sharp painful feeling which occurs when your teeth are exposed hot, cold, sweet, or sour elements. This is commonly caused by exposed dentine explained below. If you experience this pain, you know you have sensitive teeth. But don't fret, sensitive teeth is a common problem with many widely distributed cures. If you have sensitive teeth talking to your doctor is a very good idea.

Causes

Right below the tooth's enamel there is a hardened tissue called dentin, this contains sensitive nerve fibers. A very common cause for sensitive teeth is when the dentin is exposed. Brushing your teeth too hard can expose the dentin, this is called abrasion. Also the pain can be because of dental caries or cavities.

Plaque is a white gummy substance that builds up on your teeth, this can irritate your teeth. Flossing before bed regularly helps floss away plaque.

There are many causes for sensitive teeth, regardless of the cause its always terrible. Brushing after meals, watching more T.V, and eating and drinking less sweets and coffee are effective ways to prevent tooth decay.


Cures

1. This is first for a reason, and that reason is because it is above second. Desensitizing toothpaste can get you eating ice cream in two weeks or less. This is a cheap and effective solution.

2. Fluoride rinse is available anywhere (grocery stores, pharmacies, dark alleys) and can help if you have tooth decay problems.

3. Gel-Kam is a slimy paste like fluoride treatment for sensitive teeth. It also reduces existing plaque by 29%. No prescription is necessary, but contains a lot of fluoride and cannot be used by children under 12. Click here for more information.

4. Soft brushes can help if you have tooth brush abrasion. Use a brush with the soft bristles. Did you know that its more effective to brush lightly than roughly? Many people don't! But you do so stop brushing heavily.

5. Lastly the only sure-fire way to defeat dentine hypersensitivity and make sure it stays defeated is by mainting good overall oral health. Brush, Floss, and rinse with floride to obtain and maintain a healthy happy smile.

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      Roya Levi 5 years ago

      Proper oral hygiene is the key to preventing sensitive-tooth pain. Sometimes, a sensitive tooth may be confused by a patient for a cavity or abscess that is not yet visible. In any case, contact your dentist if you notice any change in your teeth's sensitivity to temperature.

      Check out my blog post on teeth sensitivity:

      http://www.royalevidds.com/blog/post/when-your-tee...

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      no name 5 years ago

      "Brushing after meals, watching more T.V, and eating and drinking less sweets and coffee are effective ways to prevent tooth decay."

      How does watching more TV prevent tooth decay?

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      Smile makeover 6 years ago

      Thanks for the nice article. I think you should definitely reiterate that there are some dental products that do not help you and instead add more harm to your teeth. People should really ask their dentists first before using over the counter items if they would want to avoid this kind of fate.

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      fin 6 years ago

      informative article!

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      Migodden 7 years ago from Canada Ontario

      @tomtipton Cause' that's the only time the sensitive teeth munkeys r tuu distracted to du anything :o

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      TomTipton 7 years ago from Hollywood, CA

      Migodden, thanks for the Hub

      Your info is spot-on, but I have a question. How does "watching more T.V." help prevent tooth decay? :-)

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      nicefaceidiot 7 years ago

      OW! MY TEETH! AHHAHAHSD AHSDHHAH!

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      Gartick 8 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      hey ive been reading all your hubs and it gives very useful information =D

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      MagicStarER 8 years ago from Western Kentucky

      Great information, never heard of Gel-Kam before, will be checking that out, thanks for sharing! :)

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      Migodden 8 years ago from Canada Ontario

      tell your dad to use the tooth past mentioned in the cure section

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      nicefaceidiot 8 years ago

      my dad and I have sensitive teeth, maybe its in the family :o im going to email him a link thanks.