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Since people’s threshold for pain varies, you may find relief from sensitive teeth by switching your toothpaste to one that is formulated to help curb the sensitivity. Others still may find they need their dentist’s help, and have their dentists apply special desensitizers to keep sensitivity at bay.

If you suffer from Sensitive Teeth, otherwise known as Dentin Hypersensitivity, you are not alone. Tooth Sensitivity has a dual distribution often first peaking in adults aged 20-30, and then again when a person is in their 50’s.

Bacterial Buildup, inflammation, tooth decay and periodontal disease all happen quietly and slowly. This is why so many people don’t realize it’s happening until it’s too late, and why visiting your dentist regularly is so important.

Did you know that your baby’s primary teeth (baby teeth) begin forming long before they are born? About the sixth week of pregnancy your baby’s teeth will begin to form, and will start mineralizing around the 3rd to 4th month of pregnancy.

How Do I Pick A Toothpaste? If you’re selecting a toothpaste for a child, be sure to choose one that has fluoride. Fluoride can help protect your children’s growing teeth and provide them an extra barrier that will protect from stains and cavities.

Try to have your teeth cleaned on a regular basis. You need to see your dentist at a minimum, twice a year for average dental health and cleanings. Doing this can help you prevent tooth decay and prevents costly fixes when you have a dental emergency.

Do you use an electric toothbrush? If yes, which one do you like?

Smoking is one of the biggest contributors to dental disease and the appearance of an aged mouth. Smoking causes wrinkles in the skin around the mouth area and cheeks, even the throat, making you look much older than you are and causing the color of this area to become paler, from decreased circulation. Talk to your dentist about the benefits to quit smoking.

Brushing or using a mouth rinse after eating and drinking is important, especially now with all of the harsh sweeteners, color dyes and flavor syrups in our drinks. It’s easy to see staining even after one day of drinking coffee without brushing.

Flossing is so very important. The main reason why we floss isn’t to necessarily remove things from between teeth, but to gently rub buildup off of them. Think of floss as a smooth, minty flavored sandpaper.

Are Dental X-Rays Safe?

Although radiation exposure from any item can damage your body’s tissues and cells, the amount of radiation you are exposed to during an X-Ray is very, very small. Today’s technology use shorter exposure times, limited radiation beams and minimal accidental exposure.

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How Do I Pick A Toothpaste?

If you’re selecting a toothpaste for a child, be sure to choose one that has fluoride. Fluoride can help protect your children’s growing teeth and provide them an extra barrier that will protect from stains and cavities. For adults, consider the effect you are looking for overall. If you could change one thing about your teeth, what would it be? The color? Get a whitening toothpaste. Sensitivity? Consider a desensitizing brand like Sensodyne. Having trouble with fresh breath? Extra strong flavors and tartar control can help control the way your mouth smells. Each one has a benefit, like a shampoo for your teeth, so consider what you need and choose!

Grayhawk Dental Associates added a post from February 14, 2015 to their timeline.

Happy Valentine's Day! Enjoy it with the people you care about the most!

Although there is still debate, the truth is that electric toothbrushes are still the most effective for cleaning and maintaining healthy teeth. Do you use an electric toothbrush? Which one do you like?