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Dentists address growing tooth sensitivity complaints
Updated: 5/15/2011 8:59:58 PM

Soda may be one culprit of tooth sensitivity Tooth sensitivity to temperature changes can be an uncomfortable condition, seeing as many of the foods and beverages that people consume on a daily basis are heated or stored in a refrigerator. Now, some dentists say that there is an increase in the number of patients complaining of tooth sensitivity, which they believe may be the result of drinking soda and sports drinks, as well as using teeth whitening products.

A recent article published by Idaho-based KTVB News explained that this condition sometimes occurs when a person's gums recede and his or her deep layers of tooth enamel, called dentin, are exposed to food and drinks.

One dentist, Linda Niessen, told the news provider that the high acid content in soft drinks and sports beverages contributes to tooth sensitivity.

"Your teeth are crystals, just like rocks. You know rocks become eroded from water and rain, and you can erode the teeth from these acidic drinks," she said.

The expert recommended that patients ask their dentists about a product called Novamin, which contains a compound previously used to repair bone. It works by forming a mineral layer over the exposed area of teeth, she told the news source.

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