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My molar began to hurt one night so much that it woke me up. I hadn't been to the dentist regularly, so I knew it was my bad habits catching up to me. I took pain relievers for a few days that dulled the pain, and then I developed a big bump on my gum. It scared me enough to finally go to the dentist. He told me the bump was an abscess from a bad tooth infection. He said that if I had waited too much longer, the infection could have spread to my sinuses and even my brain! He gave me antibiotics and in a few days he was able to save the tooth with a root canal. I created this blog to tell other people that if your tooth hurts, then go to the dentist immediately. You probably have an infection that will only keep getting worse.

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Don't Wait to See the Dentist when Your Tooth Hurts

How to Easily Combat Tooth Sensitivity

by Violet Jensen

A relatively large percentage of the population suffers from tooth sensitivity. Women suffer from the condition 1.8 more times than men, according to a study conducted by the American Dental Association. The study also found that two major causes of pain caused by tooth sensitivity was receding gum lines, and the use of over the counter teeth whitening products.

Sensitivity occurs when the tooth enamel is worn away and the tubes that connect the nerves inside the tooth are partially exposed. Then, eating or drinking anything too hot or cold can make you wince, jump, or even cry out in pain. However, this is not an irreversible condition, and there are several ways to combat the pain and regain your ability to drink hot coffee and eat ice cream without hesitation.

  1. Make sure you are brushing correctly—brushing harshly back and forth can cause your gums to recede. Brushing with abrasive toothpaste and very hard bristles can erode your tooth enamel. Brush in gentle circular motions with a soft brush, holding the brush at a 45 degree angle.
  2. Brush with special toothpaste that decreases sensitivity. There are several choices available—ask your dentist what he recommends.
  3. Always rinse your mouth with warm water—very cold water will be painful, and you won't rinse your mouth after brushing and eating as well as you should to prevent further damage. While rinsing with warm water won't improve the situation that caused the sensitivity, at least it won't make it worse and won't cause you any additional pain.
  4. Minimize whitening treatments—don't use bleaching materials on your teeth more often than once every six months. More than that is too abrasive and can damage your tooth enamel.
  5. Avoid acidic foods and drinks that erode enamel and increase sensitivity. Tomatoes, soda, coffee, wine, energy drinks, and citrus fruits and juice are particularly acidic.

If after following all of these suggestions your tooth sensitivity is still too bothersome to function normally, make an appointment with your dentist to find out if there are more ways to combat the problem. He or she will certainly give you more tips that will help you to overcome the problem. In case the sensitivity is causing you extreme pain or discomfort, your dentist may offer you such options as removing the teeth that are causing you these problems. Why not visit one (like those at Somerset Dental On James) and get relief from tooth sensitivity instead of suffering in silence?

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