Do you have sensitive teeth? I do!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

On one of my recent trips to the dentist - I found out that yes, the dentist and hygienist know exactly what I have and have not been doing when it comes to taking care of my teeth and gums. "I see that you've been brushing too hard," she said while examining my teeth.

Busted! Yes, I admit. I want those pearly whites and so I've brushed my teeth much too aggressively. Now, I have the pleasure of dealing with sensitive teeth. I whence a little as I sip on my sweet tea or cringe just a bit when my teeth encounter ice cream.

As I sat in the chair listening to the hygienist explain why she was sending a soft toothbrush home with me, I thought to myself. "I'm just getting older and there's nothing that can be done. Goodbye sweet tea! Goodbye frozen custard! When I'm feeling brave, we'll meet again."

Though I wasn't able to attend - I was recently invited to an event where Dr. Travis Stork, Emmy® nominated TV host of The Doctors, spoke on the issue of sensitive teeth and what can be done to help those who suffer from it.  I know, I'm kicking myself for not being able to make it!   Dr. Stork, a board-certified emergency medicine physician, has partnered with Crest and Oral-B Pro-Health to help others understand that a healthy mouth is an important part of a healthy body.

Even though I couldn't be there, I did find out that I do have option to help protect my teeth and block the pain that cold drinks and treats can cause. Crest® Pro-Health® Toothpaste offers comprehensive protection for your teeth in the following areas: cavities, gingivitis, plaque, fresh breath, tartar, whitening and sensitivity!

I can also use Crest Sensi Stop Strips for immediate sensitivity relief. The strips are small, flexible and semi-transparent. They give immediate and long-lasting tooth sensitivity relief. Instead of living with pain when trying to enjoy ice cream with the kids - or forgoing the moment all together - I simply use a Sensi Stop Strip. This allows me to enjoy the moment with my children without cringing.

I was amazed to find out that more than 50 percent of people will experience tooth sensitivity at some point in their life caused by weakened enamel, gum recession and other factors. I haven't heard a lot of people talk about their sensitivity and have also not talked much about mine.

Early stages of tooth sensitivity typically begin when people are in their 30s and 40s however any one can be susceptible as the age at which most sufferers first experience tooth sensitivity can range from 20-49 years old. I've had sensitivity since my 20s. The onset largely depends on oral care habits and practices such as over-aggressive brushing or gum disease. I believe my aggressive brushing was a large factor for my sensitivity to cold.

The benefit and ease of use are winning factors for me. I love that I can do this at home and immediately see results. As I mentioned above, I'm always doing my best to keep my teeth white. So I've used the Crest whitening strips often. The Sensi Stop Strips are easy to use just like the whitening strips!

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This is a sponsored post written in partnership with One2One Network and Crest. All opinions are my own.