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Tooth sensitivity is an inconvenient dental issue that can make eating and drinking hot and cold products extremely difficult and even painful. Unfortunately, there are many things that could cause tooth sensitivity, and a hard brushing technique is one of them. In fact, brushing too hard can soften the tooth enamel and wear it down, which can open the channels in the teeth that lead to the tooth nerves. Brushing can also bother the gums and make them move away from the teeth, which can expose the tooth roots and increase the sensitivity.

So, how do you know if your brushing technique is too rough? Well, our dentist, Dr. H Arthur Nelson, is happy to tell you how. Examine your toothbrush. If your toothbrush bristles are sticking out in all different directions, then you’re brushing too hard. It’s time to ease up on your brushing pressure.

Fortunately, there are things you can do to help with the sensitivity in addition to having a gentler brushing routine. One thing is to use a soft-bristled toothbrush. This is important because it can clean and care for your teeth and gums. Another thing is to use a toothbrush that caters to sensitivity. This brush might have vibrating bristles that clean your teeth without having to brush too hard. The last thing is to use desensitizing toothpaste. This paste can block the channels that lead to the tooth nerves and help you have the comfort you need.

Call Nelson and Associates McKinney today at 972-529-5111 if you have any questions or if you would like to know more about brushing and tooth sensitivity in McKinney, Texas. Our dental team is happy to help you, and we look forward to your phone call!