Tooth Sensitivity and How to Prevent It

If you have ever cringed when you have consumed a hot or cold beverage, or avoided foods that were very acidic or that were served chilled or piping hot, you may have tooth sensitivity. Tooth sensitivity is very common. Over half the population has experienced tooth sensitivity at one time or another. Dr. Alan Frame, dentist in Santa Clara, can help you find a solution to your sensitivity problem.

Tooth sensitivity is caused by exposed roots or nerves. These roots or nerves often become exposed due to periodontal disease, or because of brushing too vigorously. Tooth roots do not have the protection of dental enamel. Instead, they are covered with a much softer and less durable layer called cementum. This layer is very easily brushed away, exposing nerves that make your teeth sensitive.

The best protection against tooth sensitivity is to brush and floss your teeth regularly, using the correct technique and the right tools. You should brush your teeth twice a day using a soft bristled toothbrush. If you notice mild sensitivity, switching to a toothpaste that is specially formulated for sensitive teeth may also help.

There is no need to suffer with tooth sensitivity. If the tooth sensitivity is advanced, call Dr. Frame, Santa Clara teeth cleaning specialist, for assistance. He will examine your teeth to determine the cause of sensitivity. From there, he can recommend a special toothpaste or even perform an in office procedure designed to reduce the sensitivity of your teeth.

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