Tooth sensitivity occurs when the hard outer surface that protects our teeth grows thinner, or when gum recession occurs, exposing nerve endings.
What causes tooth sensitivity?
- Tooth sensitivity can also be caused by acidic conditions in the mouth, usually from acidic, or sugary beverages.
- Acidic foods can also cause exposed nerve endings on tooth root surfaces.
- Abrasive toothpastes and brushing vigorously can wear the outer layer of a tooth.
- Clenching/grinding over time can eventually wear down the outer layer of the teeth causing sensitivity. It can even cause wear at the gum line.
- Prescription strength fluoride toothpaste such as Clin-Pro
- Over the counter toothpaste: Sensodyne
- In-office surface desensitizer
- In-office fluoride varnish
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