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Do your teeth hurt when you consume hot or cold food or beverages? Do you feel a temporary, sharp pain when you inhale cold air? You may have tooth sensitivity, which can be caused by exposed dentin, the layer of tooth that lies just below the tooth enamel.

–Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and brush your teeth gently in circular motions.
–Use a toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth; it should contain potassium nitrate, or strontium chloride.
–Use a fluoride mouthwash rinse recommended by your dentist (some over the counter mouth washes have acid in them that erode the tooth enamel.
–Be careful what you eat! Avoid highly acidic foods that erode your tooth enamel further.
–If you can’t brush your teeth after a meal, chew sugarless gum, which produces saliva. Saliva is good for your teeth as it dissipates acidic bacteria in the mouth.

Keep your mouth healthy by brushing and flossing twice daily, and keep your regular dental cleanings with your dentist. Please contact our office if you need more information on tooth sensitivity! 801.756.5136.