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What can I do to reduce teeth sensitivity?

Teeth become sensitive when a layer called dentin is exposed. Dentin is present within the outer enamel layer as well as on the root surfaces and may be exposed by receding gums or deficient enamel.

Triggers such as heat, cold, sweet or sour travel through the dentin to reach the nerves at the centre of the tooth causing sharp or sudden pain. You can minimise tooth sensitivity by using soft bristled tooth brushes, avoiding acidic foods and drinks, using toothpastes specifically meant for reducing sensitivity, using fluoride mouth rinses and avoiding teeth grinding at night with the help of a mouth guard.

If severe or persistent, your dentist will evaluate your reason for sensitivity. In certain cases, dental treatments such as fillings, sealers or varnishes may be used to cover exposed dentin.

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