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    Brush, floss, and rinse regularly. Use the right technique to thoroughly clean all parts of your teeth and mouth. Rinse with a fluoride and antiseptic mouthwash every day.

    Use a soft-bristled  toothbrush. Brush gently and carefully around the gum line so you don't remove gum tissue.

    Use a  toothpaste for sensitive teeth. There are several brands to choose from. When you do this regularly, it should make your teeth less sensitive. You can also spread a thin layer on your exposed tooth roots with your finger or a cotton swab before you go to bed. Use a fluoridated toothpaste, not a tartar control one.

    Use a mouth guard if you grind your teeth. You may not realize you have this overnight habit. If you've been told you do this, a mouth guard can protect them.

    See your dentist. Do this every 6 months or sooner, depending on your condition.

    If you still have discomfort, talk to your dentist. There may be a procedure that can help. He might recommend white fillings to cover the exposed root surfaces. Or he may suggest fluoride varnishes or dentin sealers that are put on the root surfaces.

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    Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr., DMD on July 19, 2016
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    Only 18.5% of Americans never floss. You are missing out on a simple way to make a big difference in the health of your mouth. Regardless of how well you brush, plaque still forms between your teeth and along your gums. Floss removes food trapped between the teeth and removes the film of bacteria that forms there before it turns to plaque, which can cause inflamed gums (gingivitis), cavities, and tooth loss. Try flossing just one tooth to get started.

    You are one of 31% of Americans who don't floss daily. You are missing out on a simple way to make a big difference in the health of your mouth. Regardless of how well you brush, plaque still forms between your teeth and along your gums. Toothbrush bristles alone cannot clean effectively between these tight spaces. Flossing removes up to 80% of the film that hardens to plaque, which can cause inflamed gums (gingivitis), cavities, and tooth loss. Aim for 3 more days!

    You are one of 31% of Americans who don't floss daily, but you're well on your way to making a positive impact on your teeth and gums. Regardless of how well you brush, plaque still forms between your teeth and along your gums. Toothbrush bristles alone cannot clean effectively between these tight spaces. Flossing removes up to 80% of the film that hardens to plaque, which can cause inflamed gums (gingivitis), cavities, and tooth loss. Aim for all 7 days!

    Only 50.5% of Americans floss daily, and good for you that you are one of them! Regardless of how well you brush, plaque still forms between your teeth and along your gums. Toothbrush bristles alone cannot clean effectively between these tight spaces. Flossing removes up to 80% of the film that hardens to plaque, which can cause inflamed gums (gingivitis), cavities, and tooth loss. Congratulations on your good oral health habit!

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