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Sensitive teeth can put the bite on enjoying a meal, a dessert, your favorite drink, or even on your whole day. Sensitive teeth can (literally) be a pain. Worse yet, sensitive teeth might even discourage you from brushing or flossing.

What causes this problem? The enamel in your tooth may be worn down, you might have a cavity or a loose filling, or an exposed root. Your tooth may even be chipped, cracked or broken. Grinding your teeth, which is also called bruxism can contribute to the problem, and it can even be brought on by brushing too aggressively or using a toothbrush with hard bristles. If you have been using an over-the-counter tooth whitener containing peroxide, that may even be part of the problem.

Of course, the best prevention for sensitive teeth to see Dr. Edward B. Miller at Edward B. Miller, DDS twice a year for an exam and a cleaning. The doctor can remove the plaque and tartar that can harm your teeth and lead to sensitivity.

Between visits to our office, you should brush at least twice a day and floss before going to bed. There are also toothpastes available that are formulated for sensitive teeth. Dr. Miller may prescribe a fluoride rinse or gel for you to use at home, or we may even decide to apply a bond your teeth.

If you are experiencing tooth sensitivity, don’t tough it out! Make an appointment to see us in Duncanville, Texas, by calling 972-298-6131.