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Sensitive Teeth
Dentin hypersensitivity, more commonly known as sensitive teeth, is a common condition in which teeth are especially sensitive to temperature (hot and cold), sweet and acidic foods, vigorous brushing and flossing, and even cold air. One in five people will experience dentin hypersensitivity in their lifetime.

Tooth sensitivity is caused when fluid moves through pores in the surface of the tooth exposed by gum recession, resulting in irritation of the nerve. Gum recession can be minimized by always using a soft toothbrush in a circular motion. These pores can also be exposed by excessive consumption of acidic beverages, such as sodas and juices. Conditions such as bulimia and acid reflux can have similar effects.

Treatment of tooth sensitivity is aimed at blocking the pores in the tooth. Over the counter sensitive toothpastes are inexpensive, easy to use, and in our experience work well in 90% of people. In office treatments include prescription desensitizers and/or placing a coating or white filling over the exposed tooth.

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