Health Tip: Soothing Sensitive Teeth

A special toothpaste or mouthwash may help

(HealthDay News) -- Sensitive teeth are characterized by a tingling sensation or sharp shooting pain that occurs when you consume food or drink that is very cold, hot or sweet.

Teeth usually become more sensitive when the gums surrounding them begin to recede and the roots are exposed, says the Massachusetts Dental Society. This can be caused by brushing your teeth too vigorously with a firm toothbrush, or by poor oral hygiene.

Your dentist may recommend that you switch to a soft-bristled toothbrush, and brush teeth gently. The dentist may also recommend using a special toothpaste or mouthwash designed for sensitive teeth.

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