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desensitize (someone or something) to (something)

To lessen the effect that something has on someone or something. People blame video games for desensitizing kids to violence. This special toothpaste should desensitize to your teeth to cold beverages.
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desensitize someone to something

to make someone less sensitive to something. The doctor wanted to desensitize the allergic child to pollen. I took injections to desensitize me to house dust.
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In one of the oldest study demonstrated that desensitizing effect of fluoride is related, to precipitate fluoride compounds thus mechanically blocking dentinal tubules and create a barrier on the tooth surface which reduces hypersensitivity.12,13 Arginine is an essential amino acid and has been investigated as Arginine bicarbonate when used with calcium carbonate compound enhances its ability to occlude dentinal tubules and reduce pain from Dentinal Hypersensitivity.14 Thus, Argininecalcium carbonates preventing the fluid movement in the dentinal tubules.
(1) The physical mechanism of the process is achieved by the application of dentin desensitizing agents such as dentin bonding agents, composite resins, glass ionomer cements (GICs) and varnishes.
In 2009, the Colgate-Palmolive Company introduced a new in-office treatment for dentin hypersensitivity called ColgateA Sensitive Pro-ReliefTM desensitizing paste, based on the Pro-ArginTM technology.
b) Dentifrices that contain a desensitizing active ingredient.
According to the manufacturers, the desensitizing lubricants inside the new condoms can delay climax by as long as five minutes.
Although this process may not represent an intentional component of the police training process, desensitizing future veteran officers to the use of force begins with this type of conditioning.
this paradigm is also profoundly alienating anti desensitizing leading to social, psychological, urban anti ecological breakdown.
Desensitizing myself to being looked at has long been a survival skill.
From the point of view of immuno-therapy, it is evident the antigenicity of the hypoallergen component, its cross-reactivity with the major allergen component, its low allergenicity and its ease of purification are all excellent characteristics for a therapeutic agent capable of desensitizing patients with minimal risk of anaphylaxis.
has introduced a tooth desensitizing gel that was developed to meet the growing demand for a product capable of immediately eliminating tooth sensitivity associated with eating food that is cold, sweet or hot, according to David Fishman, vice president at the company.