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What You Should Know about Sensitive Teeth

December 31, 2021
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Posted By: Gibson Dental

Sensitive teeth can make life challenging. You may find it difficult to use your toothbrush and enjoy meals. Fortunately, your Madison, AL dentist offers tips to help you navigate this common dental problem.

Tips to Care for Sensitive Teeth

#1 Use the Right Toothbrush

A hard-bristled toothbrush can scratch delicate gums and even damage your tooth enamel. We recommend a soft-bristled toothbrush for best results. With this brush, you should gently clean your teeth in a circular motion, hitting all sides and your gums.

#2 Use the Right Toothpaste

Of course, we recommend fluoride toothpaste approved by the American Dental Association, but there are fluoride toothpastes specially formulated for sensitive teeth—and they are typically labeled as such.

#3 Indulge in the Right Foods and Drinks

Some foods and drinks can exacerbate tooth sensitivity. You may not have to eliminate these favorites, but you can try reducing hot and frozen foods and beverages as well as acidic things like soda, juice, and pickles.

Why You Shouldn’t Avoid Treating Sensitive Teeth

Sensitive teeth can mean an underlying dental problem like emerging cavities or even gum recession. Your dentist can treat these issues to reduce or eliminate your tooth sensitivity. You can also talk to your dentist about a fluoride treatment to strengthen your teeth against the rigors of daily living.

If you avoid dental care due to tooth sensitivity, it can worsen. Besides, your dentist can provide gentle treatment and, in some cases, even anesthesia if we diagnose an issue that requires dental treatment.

Contact Your Madison, AL Dentist for More Information

We invite you to schedule an exam and teeth cleaning in Madison, AL if you have avoided dental care due to sensitivity. Our gentle team can provide a comfortable appointment and take measures to address your tooth sensitivity.

Reach out today to get started.

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