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Tooth sensitivity can be a serious cause for concern when eating hot, cold or acidic foods. The pain can really affect your enjoyment of the meal or it could be a sign that something more serious is going on with your teeth.

When visiting your dentist for a checkup, be sure to let them know about any sensitivity issues you might be having. In some cases, the problem might be related to tooth decay, fractures or gum disease.

Minor cases of acid erosion or sensitive dentin might be the underlying cause. In these cases, your dentist might recommend you using desensitizing toothpaste.

These toothpastes are generally low in abrasive additives and high in fluoride. With repeated use, it can improve the strength of your enamel while also helping with day-to-day sensitivity. Your dentist might also prescribe a brush-on fluoride paste that you can apply to your teeth right before bed to help strengthen enamel.

When looking for a particular brand of desensitizing toothpaste, you should look for the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance. This seal represents that the ADA has researched and tested the product for safety and effectiveness.

Be sure to see your dentist before using desensitizing toothpaste to make sure there isn’t a more serious underlying problem.

If you have questions about sensitive teeth or using desensitizing toothpaste, please feel free to call us at 605-225-2050 to schedule an appointment.