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Factors that May Contribute to Tooth Sensitivity

If hot, cold or very acidic foods and drinks make your teeth sensitive or even painful, you have sensitive teeth. Different underlying dental problems can cause sensitive teeth. Here are some factors that can contribute to this sensitivity:

Acidic Foods – Limit the consumption of acid foods. Exposure to these foods can put your enamel under constant attack. If you are going to consume anything acidic, wait at least 20 minutes to brush your teeth. Brushing right away may hurt your enamel further.

Teeth Grinding – Grinding your teeth at night creates tiny cracks in the enamel of your teeth. If left unchecked, it can cause major tooth sensitivity that can become painful.

Hard-bristled toothbrush – A hard-bristled toothbrush along with a hard-brushing technique can wear away the enamel, therefore increasing the sensitivity in your teeth. Switch to a toothbrush with soft bristles and be gentler when brushing.

You can reduce your chances of getting tooth sensitivity by keeping your mouth as healthy as possible with a good oral care routine: brush and floss properly as recommended by your dentist using a soft-bristled toothbrush with a fluoride toothpaste.

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