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Do you have tooth sensitivity? This means your teeth are sensitive to hot and cold temperatures. If so, your enamel might be thinning and your gums might be receding. There are other more serious causes of tooth sensitivity, but first it’s best to rule out the simple causes. Our dentist, Dr. Tammy Perison, encourages you to try the following things to dull tooth sensitivity.

First, change the type of toothpaste you use. Unfortunately, certain types of toothpaste can cause tooth sensitivity, like whitening toothpaste that lightens or removes stains from the enamel or even tartar-control toothpaste that has sodium pyrophosphate. If you use either one of these pastes, try switching to a desensitizing toothpaste. This paste is meant to block the pathways in your enamel that lead to your tooth nerves.

Second, take it easy on your teeth. There are times when hard brushing and even using the wrong toothbrush can cause tooth sensitivity. This is because the rough technique and hard bristles can irritate the oral tissues and make them recede from the teeth, exposing the roots. So, make sure you’re using a soft-bristled toothbrush and you’re gentle as you scrub.

If these tips don’t help you after a week or so, it’s best to contact Tammy Perison, DDS Family and Cosmetic Dental Care and schedule an appointment. We also encourage you to call 716-674-5256 if you have any questions or if you would like to know more about tooth sensitivity in West Seneca, New York. Our dental team will be happy to help you!