Sensitive Teeth

Friday, January 22, 2010

Brushing too hard and acidic food and drink can cause sensitive teeth. Dr. Edward Hill discusses a survey of Americas dentists in the 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Brushing your teeth too hard and consumption of acidic food and beverages are the leading contributors of sensitive teeth.

One-third of 700 dentists surveyed by the Academy of General Dentistry say acidic foods and beverages are the most common contributors to tooth sensitivity, followed by toothbrushing technique.

Sensitive teeth is a condition thats a result of nerve irritation in the tooth. Its characterized by discomfort or sharp and sudden pain in one or more teeth and is often set off by hot or cold foods or drinks, breathing in cold air or pressure on the teeth. The condition affects at least 40 million American adults.

The Academy of General Dentistry recommends the following steps be taken to alleviate sensitive teeth:

Switch to a desensitizing toothpaste.

Use a soft-bristled toothbrush.

Practice good oral hygiene, which means flossing regularly and brushing at least twice a day for two or three minutes.

Avoid acidic foods and drinks, such as soft drinks and citrus foods.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.