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Sensitive teeth

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Posted by: XXMen2  (9 years ago)
Hi all!

I have sensitive teeth and the dentist told me to have fluoride therapy. When I went in for the procedure, the dentist polished the surface of my teeth with a special toothpaste (I forgot the brand). After the procedure, my teeth became even more sensitive. Breathing in air through my mouth hurts. Did the polishing procedure cause harm to my enamel? It seemed like my enamel have become thinner. I would be grateful for your input.
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Posted by: ghnane  (9 years ago)
Hello. Enamel is very durable and polishing it with a toothpaste would not wear it away. Sensitivity may be caused by deep scaling and root planing in people with deep pockets and periodontitis. When dentin which is what follows under enamel gets exposed it has tiny tubules that conducts sensitivity to our pulp where nerves respond.
Fluoride helps to remineralize enamel that has been weakened due to acid produced by bacteria in our mouth that feed on carbohydrates.
Try buying and using stannous fluoride containing toothpaste which is known to decrease sensitivity.
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