If hot, cold, sweet or very acidic foods and drinks, or breathing in cold air, makes your teeth sensitive then you may have sensitive teeth. It is very common and can come and go.
The most common reason for tooth sensitivity is because the root surfaces of our teeth are exposed to stimulants from the environment, and due to this gum recession, it allows the tooth to feel more than usual.
Now these root surfaces are more porous than the rest of the tooth which is protected by enamel. So in order to help with the sensitivity, many products in the market try to block up these porosities thereby stopping these teeth from feeling any stimulants. Sensitivity could also be a symptom of decay.
There are many products out at the supermarkets that say they help with sensitivity but not all of them work for every person. Often times it’s about testing what is out there and whichever product you find works for you is the one that you should use.
The only thing to be aware of are whitening products such as sensitive whitening toothpaste. Many of these “sensitive whitening” toothpastes can still cause damage to the teeth due to their abrasiveness which then results in more sensitivity. So rather than blocking up those porosities of the teeth, it brushes it away opening up those areas again.
Unless you know which products don’t have the abrasiveness, its best to stay away from whitening products especially when your teeth are already sensitive. If sensitivity persists, see your dentist.
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