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When tooth enamel erodes, it can expose the dentin layer beneath. Dentin is the layer above the gum line and cementum is the layer of the tooth underneath the gum line. Exposed dentin can cause sensitivity to hot or cold foods.

But what causes tooth sensitivity?

There can be a few culprits to blame for tooth sensitivity: For instance, brushing your teeth too hard, or simply not taking very good care of your teeth, in general can cause hypersensitivity.

If your dentist rules out tooth decay, infection, or bruxism, you can typically find relief by observing a few simple techniques:

1. Switch to a soft-bristled toothbrush, and be gentle while brushing. And be sure to keep flossing, as well. You don’t want gingivitis, because tender gums won’t help matters, either.

2. Try switching to a desensitizing toothpaste. You can find these at your local drugstore.

3. Use a fluoride mouthwash rinse after brushing and flossing your pearly whites.

4. Avoid heavy teeth-whitening agents, especially if they incorporate the use of baking soda.

5. Limit your intake of acidic drinks and food (including lemons, limes, oranges, apple cider vinegar, etc.) These lower the neutralizing pH in your mouth.

6. Chew sugarless gum to stimulate saliva production in your mouth. Saliva has antibacterial properties that wash away bacterial acids.

7. And of course, be sure to maintain your regularly scheduled dental cleanings, so you can address any tooth problems that may arise. Please call our dental office if you have any questions or concerns regarding your oral health at 916.773.6222. We’re happy to help.