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Are your teeth extremely sensitive? If so, our John Blake, DDS, PC team has some tips for you that will help you finally enjoy those hot and cold foods and drinks you’ve been missing! There are three things you can do at home to relieve your sensitivity, and those three things are:

Change your brand of toothpaste
Whitening toothpaste and tartar-control toothpaste are two products that tend to make tooth sensitivity worse. So, if you currently use one of these pastes, it’s time to change. The best type of toothpaste to use is desensitizing toothpaste. This product will block the pathways in your teeth that lead to the nerves.

Take it easy on your teeth
Do your best to be gentle as you clean your teeth. Avoid scrubbing too vigorously and please do not ever use a hard-bristled toothbrush. Always brush with a soft-bristled toothbrush, and be careful not to put extreme amounts of pressure on the brush. If the bristles are squished or if they are pointing in several different directions, you’re brushing too hard.

Avoid eating acidic foods
If you consume acidic foods and drinks, your tooth sensitivity will get worse. So, it’s best to avoid eating or drinking products like tomatoes, soda, oranges, orange juice, and lemons.

Tooth sensitivity generally occurs when your tooth enamel has been worn away or when your gums have receded from your teeth, exposing the tooth roots. It’s very important to do all you can to restore your oral health, and if these tips don’t seem to help you, please call 248.693.5800 at your earliest convenience and schedule an appointment with your dentist, Dr. John P. Blake. Our team is here to help you find the best treatment and cure for your smile!