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The most common sensitivity in the mouth occurs on the teeth because the roots of teeth get exposed as gum tissue shrinks away. Defend against sensitive teeth by using over-the-counter desensitizing toothpastes with help from a dentist in this free video on oral health and caring for the mouth.

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Hi I'm Dr. Larry Klein. I'm a dentist here in St. Petersburg, Florida. We are going to be talking a little bit about mouth sensitivity. A couple of different things pop into my mind as far as mouth sensitivity. Different types of mucosal changes on your tongue, lips, that type of thing can be triggered by different types of spicy food, different allergens, things like that and probably the most common sensitivity is actually caused on the tooth itself. Basically as the gum tissue shrinks away from the tooth it exposes the root of the tooth or the cementum and when that becomes exposed there are little tiny tunnels that basically go down to the nerve so if you get the symptoms of having something cold or even a fingernail scratching against it it gives you a quick little lightening bolt a quick jolt up there and it goes right away, that's usually due to hypersensitivity of the teeth. There are a bunch of different simple solutions. The first one I would recommend would be just over-the-counter, like different toothpastes, desensitizing agents, Colgate makes desensitizing toothpaste, Crest, Sensodyne is probably the most popular and you try brushing with these for about three weeks let the blockages block up those little tunnels and desensitize the nerves and that usually will help out a lot and a little tip also if you do that after you brush your teeth just put a little bit up on the gum itself or on the exposed root just with a finger or a Q-tip and that a lot of times will be left up there until it goes away. So a lot of times that will help with sensitivity of the teeth. If you have any other questions there are other ways to fix this from a dental standpoint if you have severe recession or the gum is pulled back sometimes that needs to be covered up with a filling or in worse situations a peridontal issue where you actually graft tissue from another part of your mouth on to that surface so if you have any other questions about sensitivity in your mouth or your teeth in general, you can feel free to give me a call. I'm Larry Klein here in St. Petersburg where a smile is contagious.

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