Sensitive teeth is the term used to describe teeth that hurt when they are exposed to things like air, hot or cold food, or brushing and flossing. There are dozens of causes of sensitive teeth. Systemic sclerosis (scleroderma) patients are more likely to suffer from sensitive teeth due to the effects of untreated heartburn (acid reflux), dry mouth, and assorted dental problems that occur when scleroderma involves the mouth. (Also see Scleroderma Dental Involvement, What is Scleroderma?, Types of Scleroderma, Systemic Sclerosis and Sjogren's Syndrome)
What Can I Do to Reduce Tooth Sensitivity? Maintain good oral hygiene; use a soft bristled toothbrush; use desensitizing toothpaste; watch what you eat; use fluoridated dental products; avoid teeth grinding; see your dentist at regular intervals. WebMD.
Sensitive teeth: the how behind the "ow". If the thought of taking a big bite into a fresh fall apple makes you wince, here are a few reasons why your teeth may be super sensitive: mouthwash, acidic foods, tooth whiteners, receding gums, brushing too hard, recent dental work, cracked teeth, tooth grinding, and tooth decay. Humana Brush Up Newsletter.
Gel-Kam by Colgate is a fluoride preventive treatment gel which is available over the counter. It comes in two forms-a gel you apply with your toothbrush or an individual treatment which has it's own applicator. It is available in several flavors.
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