Do you experience pain or tingling in your
teeth, especially when eating sweets or very
hot or cold foods?
You may have sensitive teeth.
Pain from sensitive teeth is not always constant;
it can come and go. Constant pain could be
a sign of a more serious problem. It is still
important, however, to discuss your symptoms
with your dentist to determine the cause
and proper treatment.
WHAT CAUSES TOOTH SENSITIVITY?
In healthy teeth, porous tissue called dentin
is protected by your gums and by your teeth’s
hard enamel shell. Microscopic holes in the
dentin, called tubules, connect to the nerve,
triggering pain when irritated by certain
foods and beverages.Dentin can be exposed
Receding gums caused by improper brushing
or gum disease
Fractured or chipped teeth
Clenching or grinding your teeth
TREATING TOOTH SENSITIVITY
Depending on the diagnosis, your dentist
may recommend one or more of the following
treatments to relieve the symptoms of sensitive
A soft-bristle toothbrush, like Oral-B® Sensitive
Advantage®, to be gentle on gums or a powered
A fluoride rinse or gel for sensitive teeth,
prescribed by your dentist.
A desensitizing toothpaste, like Crest® Sensitivity
Protection or Crest® Pro-Health.
CREST SENSITIVITY PROTECTION AND CREST PRO-HEALTH
The active ingredient in Crest Sensitivity
Protection is potassium nitrate. This substance
is able to interrupt the signals between
the nerve cells in the tooth, helping to
prevent nerve excitement and pain.
Crest Pro-Health contains stannous fluoride,
which controls sensitivity by blocking tubules.
Both products have been shown to significantly
Follow your dental professional’s special
home care instructions for regular use of
Crest Sensitivity Protection or Crest Pro-Health
to keep pain from returning.
Daily brushing with Crest Sensitivity Protection
or Crest Pro-Health, as well as regular flossing
and professional cleanings, will help prevent
cavities and preserve your oral health.
Ask your dental professional how this Crest
product can help you:
Crest Sensitivity Protection
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