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Tooth Desensitization

People with sensitive teeth find it uncomfortable, or even painful, to eat certain hot and cold foods. If you suffer from this problem, you are not alone — it is the most common teeth-related condition in the world. If you want to stop missing out on your favorite foods and beverages, you could benefit from tooth desensitization.

What Causes Sensitive Teeth?

Teeth become sensitive either when enamel is damaged or when gums pull away from teeth. This can happen for several reasons:
– Brushing too hard or using a toothbrush with hard bristles
– Smoking
– Teeth grinding
– Acid reflux
– Bulimia
– Gingivitis
– Tooth decay
– The use of certain teeth whitening products
– Damaged teeth
– Plaque buildup
– Acidic foods
– Some types of dental work, although sensitivity tends to go away on its own after four to six weeks

How to Desensitize Teeth

Your dentist can desensitize your teeth by applying a layer of fluoride gel or some other type of desensitizing agent to your teeth. This will strengthen enamel, preventing pain and discomfort. The treatment only takes a few minutes and is long-lasting.

In addition to applying the desensitizing agent, your dentist might advise you on how you can take action to avoid sensitive teeth in the future. This may include improving your oral hygiene (by brushing more regularly to avoid plaque and by using mouthwash), increasing your number of professional cleanings with your dentist per year, and avoiding certain foods.