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|Understanding Tooth Sensitivity and Where It Comes From (hot/cold/sweet/sour)
Posted on 10/30/2019 by Office
|If it hurts when you drink hot, or cold drinks, bite into sour, juicy fruits, or eat sweets, you may have sensitive teeth. Many over-the-counter remedies claim to aid in decreasing sensitivity, but as a consumer, it's important to understand the causes and treatments associated with sensitive teeth. What Causes Tooth Sensitivity? Tooth sensitivity is often a result of compromised tooth enamel. If the damage to the tooth enamel is severe enough, the root of the tooth can be exposed, causing sensitivity to hot, cold, sweet, and sour foods and beverages. Cavities, cracks in teeth, a broken or worn crown or filling, and gum disease can also contribute to tooth sensitivity. The most common cause, though, is the gradual wearing down of tooth enamel, and the receding of the gums. Dentin is the layer under the enamel and cementum of the tooth, and is composed of microscopic tubules. Without proper care, these protective layers can erode, leaving the dentin vulnerable to strong temperatures and tastes. The tubules that make up dentin allow hot, cold, sweet/sticky, and sour foods to attach to the exposed nerves, resulting in increased pain. Tooth sensitivity is quite common; about 40 million Americans suffer from some sort of tooth sensitivity, so if you have sensitive teeth. What Can I Do About My Sensitive Teeth? As always, it's best to visit our office if you are experiencing tooth sensitivity. Our dentists can recommend a variety of treatments. You may need to have fluoride applied to the sensitive areas of your teeth, in order to strengthen the enamel covering these areas. Other treatments include bonding (the application of a bonding agent to sensitive areas), or using a desensitizing toothpaste. Our dentists will best be able to assess your case in person, so give us a call today if you have sensitive teeth....