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Fact or Fiction: Sensitive Teeth
by Staff
Take this quiz to learn everything you want to know about preventing and treating sensitive teeth -- so you can smile BIG.

Sensitive teeth occur mostly in adults over age 50.

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People with sensitive teeth should avoid gum, including sugarless ones, which contain agitating artificial sweeteners.

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Mouthwash can worsen sensitivity.

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Sensitivity can be treated but rarely cured.

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Old fillings can worsen tooth sensitivity.

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Citrus fruit like lemons and acidic drinks like soda erode enamel, creating sensitivity.

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Enamel is the weakest material in your body.

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Dentin, the material beneath enamel, contains small holes that connect directly to your tooth nerve.

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Teeth grinders are at lower risk for sensitive teeth than non-grinders.

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You can cancel out the effect of acidic food, like an orange, by eating basic foods like cheese right after.

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The harder you brush your teeth, the more sensitive they might become.

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Fluoride reverses sensitivity.

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Toothpastes labeled for sensitive teeth have extra ingredients to help your teeth.

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Brushing more gently than you usually do can reverse sensitivity in a couple weeks.

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The two key causes of sensitivity are receding gums and enamel erosion.

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If you go too long without treating sensitivity, your dentist might not be able to help you.

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You should replace your toothbrush every three to four months.

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Whitening kits can cause or worsen sensitivity.

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Sensitivity after dental procedures is uncommon and indicates poor dentistry.

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Hot and cold foods irritate sensitive teeth.

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