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Tooth sensitivity 'is a common dental care complaint'
Updated: 11/26/2008 6:00:27 PM

Tooth sensitivity Do you find that eating cold foods or drinking hot beverages makes your teeth feel briefly uncomfortable? Or maybe brushing can make you wince? If so, you may have tooth sensitivity.

Sensitive teeth is one of the most commonly reported dental health conditions, according to the Academy of General Dentistry, which says it affects around 40 million Americans.

The American Dental Association recommends that those who experience symptoms of sensitivity should speak with their dentist about the problem.

They may prescribe a desensitizing toothpaste containing compounds that will - over the course of several applications - prevent sensation from reaching the tooth's nerve.

If this treatment is not effective, there are also some techniques that can be performed in-office, such as the application of a fluoride gel to strengthen tooth enamel.

A dentist may also use a sealant on the sensitive teeth in order to protect them from uncomfortable sensations.

Some people find that drinking sodas or using a tartar-control toothpaste can exacerbate their sensitivity - so avoiding these products may sometimes be enough to clear up this dental care complaint.

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