10 Tips: What to Do If You Have Sensitive Teeth

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Over 60% of Americans have reported having sensitive teeth. The bottom line is that having sensitive teeth is not fun. Tooth sensitivity is caused by worn enamel that causes nerves to become available to the painful throbbing pain that is usually caused by hot or cold temperatures. We’ve come up with 10 tips on how to help live through having sensitive teeth:

  1. Use softer brush strokes. This will prevent plaque build-up that damages tooth enamel.
  2. Start using tooth sensitive toothpaste. These toothpastes are filled with ingredients that help reduce sensitivity by desensitizing nerve endings.
  3. Use a high-fluoride mouthwash. Fluoride helps strengthen tooth enamel and stops bacteria from sticking to your teeth.
  4. No grinding. If you’re a night-time grinder, visit your dentist ASAP for a night guard.
  5. No home teeth whitening kits. Stay away from these. If you would like to have your teeth whitened, please do so in a professional setting.
  6. Avoid food and drinks with acid. This usually means sugary drinks and candy.
  7. Refrain from brushing too often. Over-brushing can wear away tooth enamel even more. It’s big no-no.
  8. Ask your dentist for fluoride treatment. Did we mention this is good for your teeth?
  9. Try a toothpaste “shield”. If a tooth is bothering you at bedtime, place a small amount on sensitive toothpaste on it. This will provide much-needed relief.
  10. Ever heard of a gum graft? If not, ask your dentist about it. It’s a solution that will provide lasting relief for sensitive teeth.


If you have any questions regarding sensitive teeth or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact our dentist in Glendale, CA today. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Dr. Carlos C. Garcia, DDS

Dr. Carlos C. Garcia is a leading dentist in Glendale CA. Having first earned a DDS from Brazil’s prestigious State University of Rio de Janeiro in 1997, he received his license to practice there. Dr. Garcia then attended the University of Southern California’s School of Dentistry where he earned a dual DDS degree. Not only did he graduate with honors at both institutions but has also served as a teaching assistant! Today, with over twenty-three years of experience as a general and cosmetic dentist, he prides in providing quality dental care experiences to his Glendale patients through Bright Smiles Dental Studio. His specialty lies in dental implants, complex smile makeovers, and full mouth restorations using modern and innovative technologies and techniques. Dr. Garcia has been nominated for membership in the American Association for the Advancement of Science; Science Program for Excellence in Science.

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