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Tips for Sensitive Teeth

August 2015

Sensitive TeethDoes a sip of hot coffee or a bite of ice cream set your teeth on edge? Having sensitive teeth is more common than you may think, and we have a few tips for you to follow to help with that pain.

Tooth sensitivity is caused by the enamel wearing away and even exposing the sensitive nerves inside the tooth. No wonder it hurts so much! Plaque buildup can contribute to enamel erosion, so a good brushing and flossing routine is key. There's an art to brushing, too. Use a soft-bristled brush (these are much easier on the teeth) and brush in small circles instead of back and forth. Don't brush too hard!

Desensitizing toothpastes can also help ease the pain. If the sensitivity is bad enough that it hurts to brush with cold water, use warm or room-temperature water instead. This won't help reduce sensitivity, but it's much more comfortable.

Sensitivity can also result from teeth whitening. (We hope you aren't trying to DIY!) Follow these tips to prevent pain from teeth whitening:

The best way to combat tooth sensitivity is to see your dentist for the most personalized advice. The State of Texas Dental Discount Plan can help you save 20% to 60% on dental visits and cleanings. Call us toll-free at (844) 377-3368 for assistance, or click here to search for a provider near you, schedule your appointment and save.