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    Be Kind to Sensitive Teeth

    Worn enamel, gum problems, and tooth decay can all make your teeth more sensitive. It can hurt when you drink something hot or cold or even when you brush your teeth a little too hard.

    Good dental care is the best prevention. Brush, floss, and see your dentist regularly. If you have sensitive teeth, your dentist can recommend a toothpaste or in-office treatment that will make you more comfortable.

    Look Out for Acid

    Fizzy drinks and citrus fruits and juices all contain acid. Sugary and starchy foods cause your mouth to make acid. Each wears away the enamel on your teeth.

    Don't swish these drinks around in your mouth. Follow it up with milk or cheese to "cancel out" the acid. Eat sugary and starchy foods with your main meals, not as snacks. That's when your mouth makes the most saliva to help wash acid away

    Be on the Lookout for Cancer

    As you age, there's a small chance you could develop cancer of your mouth, throat, tongue, or lips. The best way to prevent this is to stop smoking and drink alcohol only in moderation. Use lip balm with sunscreen whenever you go outside.

    Pain isn't a symptom early on, so you need to see your dentist regularly for checkups. He can look for any problems and treat them early. Warning signs may include sores, red or white patches, and any long-lasting changes in your mouth.

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