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WHY YOUR TEETH HURT

SENSITIVE TEETH
DON'T REACT WELL

If you experience discomfort while biting into cold treats like ice-cream or hot beverages like tea, you may be suffering from tooth sensitivity.

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WHAT CAUSES TOOTH SENSITIVITY?

 

Enamel is the outermost layer of the tooth and it protects the crown of healthy teeth.

A similar layer called the cememtum protects the root.

When either layer gets damaged, the underlying tooth layer (dentin) is exposed. This allows hot, cold, or acidic foods to stimulate the nerves in the tooth, causing discomfort.

 

TOOTH TRIVIA

WHEN YOU HAVE SENSITIVE TEETH,
EVEN BREATHING IN COLD AIR
THROUGH THE MOUTH CAN
CAUSE DISCOMFORT.
HIGHLY SENSITIVE TEETH
AREN’T BEING DRAMATIC

THEY’RE ACTUALLY DAMAGED

CAUSES OF TOOTH SENSITIVITY

  • Cavities
  • Cracked teeth or fillings
  • Worn-out enamel
  • Gum recession
  • Gum problems
  • Excessive tooth whitening
  • Secondary caries: decay caused from improper treatment of cavities
  • Acid exposes oral cavities and increases the risk of sensitivity and tooth decay

BE STRONG, NOT SENSITIVE

The American Dental Association© recommends using a fluoride mouthwash* to prevent cavities that can cause tooth sensitivity.

LISTERINE® NATURAL GREEN TEA
PREVENTS CAVITIES FOR STRONGER TEETH

LEARN MORE

 

*American Dental Association©. Fluoride. Retrieved from
http://mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/f/fluoride

HOW TO SOOTHE SENSITIVE TEETH

DON'T CUT YUMMY
FROM YOUR DIET

Harmful foods like candy and soft drinks can damage enamel, leading to sensitivity and cavities.
But don't worry, you don't have to stop enjoying your favourites.

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Just follow these tips to ease discomfort from tooth sensitivity.

 

1. HANDLE WITH CARE

Brush sensitive teeth gently to avoid
damaging the enamel.

 

2. BE ON GUARD

If you suffer from teeth grinding, be sure to wear a mouth guard.

 

3. TAKE A BREAK

Give teeth whitening treatments a break as it can thin out enamel. Use LISTERINE® Healthy White instead for gentle, peroxide-free whitening.

 

4. COUNT EVERY SECOND

Head to a dentist if discomfort lasts more than a minute. Your doctor will coat your teeth with fluoride to protect them.

SWISH FOR STRENGTH

The American Dental Association© recommends using a fluoride mouthwash* to prevent cavities that can cause tooth sensitivity.

LISTERINE® NATURAL GREEN TEA
PREVENTS CAVITIES FOR STRONGER TEETH

LEARN MORE

 

*American Dental Association©. Fluoride. Retrieved from
http://mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/f/fluoride

STOP THE GRIND:
YOU MIGHT BE CAUSING TOOTH SENSITIVITY

THE DAILY GRIND
IS WEARING YOUR
ENAMEL DOWN

Bruxism (tooth grinding) is a common condition that wears away the tooth enamel and leads to sensitivity. People who grind their teeth maybe unaware of the habit because it typically occurs whole they sleep.

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CAUSES

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STRESS & ANXIETY

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SLEEP DISORDERS

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CROOKED TEETH &
ABNORMAL BITE

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CERTAIN MEDICATIONS

SYMPTOPMS OF TOOTH SENSITIVITY

  • Worn-out enamel, leading to tooth sensitivity
  • Headache
  • A grinding sound at night, sometimes loud enough to wake your partner
  • Stiffness in neck and shoulder muscles
  • Pain in the jaws and the joint in front of your ears (i.e. Temporomandibular Joint)
  • Teeth losing their contour and appearing flattened
  • Severe grinding can cause loosening and loss of teeth
TREATMENT
1SEE A DENTIST FOR A
HABIT-BREAKING DEVICE
2STRESS AND ANXIETY
MANAGEMENT
3TREATMENT OF WORN-OUT
ENAMEL TO PREVENT
FURTHER DAMAGE