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It is that time of year when fall festivities ramp up and you are preparing for your upcoming turkey feast. Cranberry salads, hot cider, and steaming plates of mashed potatoes are on the menu. How do you enjoy the holiday fun if you have tooth hypersensitivity?

You may have tooth hypersensitivity if your teeth react with a sudden sharp pain when you bite into something cold, drink something hot, or inhale cold air. This is the exposed dentin which lies beneath the tooth enamel, and has tubules which lets extreme temperatures touch the nerves at the other end of the tubules.

Your best defense is reducing tooth enamel erosion. There are some things you can do to safeguard your sensitive teeth.

If you like acidic foods, have them sparingly and be sure to rinse well with water afterwards or chew sugarless gum so the saliva can wash away bacterial acids and coat your teeth with its protective enzymes.

If you are brushing your teeth with a hard bristled toothbrush, switch to a soft grade bristle and use gentle, circular motions instead of harsh sawing action.

Using desensitizing toothpaste will offer you greater protection than whitening toothpaste, which may actually aggravate the enamel if it has abrasive baking soda in it.

A fluoride containing mouthwash will help your tooth enamel and protect against acid damage.

Keep up your daily tooth brushing and flossing habits, and never skip your dental cleanings. If you have any questions about tooth sensitivity, please call our office and let our dentists help you keep your healthy smile! 435.637.9590.