Fact or Fiction: Sensitive Teeth
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.
People with sensitive teeth should avoid gum, including sugarless ones, which contain agitating artificial sweeteners.
Mouthwash can worsen sensitivity.
Sensitivity can be treated but rarely cured.
Old fillings can worsen tooth sensitivity.
Citrus fruit like lemons and acidic drinks like soda erode enamel, creating sensitivity.
Enamel is the weakest material in your body.
Dentin, the material beneath enamel, contains small holes that connect directly to your tooth nerve.
Teeth grinders are at lower risk for sensitive teeth than non-grinders.
You can cancel out the effect of acidic food, like an orange, by eating basic foods like cheese right after.
The harder you brush your teeth, the more sensitive they might become.
Fluoride reverses sensitivity.
Toothpastes labeled for sensitive teeth have extra ingredients to help your teeth.
Brushing more gently than you usually do can reverse sensitivity in a couple weeks.
The two key causes of sensitivity are receding gums and enamel erosion.
If you go too long without treating sensitivity, your dentist might not be able to help you.
You should replace your toothbrush every three to four months.
Whitening kits can cause or worsen sensitivity.
Sensitivity after dental procedures is uncommon and indicates poor dentistry.
Hot and cold foods irritate sensitive teeth.