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If you have sensitive teeth, you know how uncomfortable eating and drinking your favorite things can be. And while you know what hot or cold or sweet things cause trouble, you might not know about parts of your oral hygiene routine that could be aggravating your tooth sensitivity. Here are some things to consider.

Brushing – You might think a good, vigorous brushing is what your teeth need to get clean. And while brushing is indisputably important, you need to make sure you aren’t actually making things worse. Brushing too hard can damage enamel and irritate the dentin underneath. Be sure to not use too much force when you brush. You might also want to switch to a softer brush and toothpaste formulated for sensitive teeth.

Mouthwash – Some people use mouthwash more than they probably need to in order to maintain fresh breath. Mouthwash can contain acids that worsen sensitive teeth and can cause soreness if used too much. You should limit use to once or twice a day. You can also look for a less aggressive formula.

Whitening – Many whitening treatments, both over-the-counter and in-office, use peroxide-based bleaching solutions. These can cause or worsen tooth sensitivity. So if you have sensitive teeth, you should probably postpone whitening. Consult with Dr. Andrew W Henritze, DDS before beginning any whitening program.

If properly treated, tooth sensitivity doesn’t have to cut into your life. And adjusting your dental hygiene routine can help treat that sensitivity. To learn more about how to reduce tooth sensitivity, call Andrew Henritze DDS in Roanoke, Virginia, at (540) 989-6600 today.