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How can I prevent sensitive teeth?

Good oral hygiene habits -- brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, daily flossing, and using a fluoride mouthwash -- can help protect the enamel of your teeth from demineralization and sensitivity. But sometimes more than that is needed. If you grind your teeth, a dentist can create a custom mouth guard to prevent cracks, which have been known to cause sensitivity. You might need to switch to a soft or extra soft bristled toothbrush. Soft drinks, alcohol, smoking, and other tobacco use can create sensitivity in your gums or teeth. Talk to your dentist about ways to help prevent sensitivity.

Cavities and fractured teeth can cause sensitive teeth. But if your dentist has ruled these problems out, then worn tooth enamel, a cracked tooth or an exposed tooth root may be the cause.

Proper oral hygiene is the key to preventing gums from receding and causing sensitive-tooth pain. If you brush your teeth incorrectly or even over-brush, gum problems can result. Ask your dentist if you have any questions about your daily oral hygiene routine.

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Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.