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Do hot or cold foods make your teeth ache? Does chewing or brushing cause tooth pain? If so, then your may have sensitive teeth. Your teeth are surrounded by a hard tissue called enamel, which protects the tooth. If the enamel becomes worn thin, then the microscopic tubes in the dentin tissue underneath become exposed, allowing sensations of temperature and pressure to access the tooth nerve. This creates tooth sensitivity, and you can learn more about it below.

Causes Of Sensitivity

  • Tooth decay
  • Worn fillings
  • Gum disease
  • Worn or fractured teeth
  • Exposed tooth root

Treatments For Sensitivity

  • Brushing with desensitizing toothpaste
  • Strengthening tooth enamel with a fluoride treatment
  • Restoring tooth structure with dental restorations
  • Using a night guard to prevent wear from bruxism
  • Replacing lost gum tissue with a gum graft
  • Removing the tooth nerve with a root canal treatment

Preventing Sensitivity

  • Brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day
  • Avoid the frequent consumption of acidic drinks because they can eat away tooth enamel
  • Ease up on whitening treatments because they can cause sensitivity
  • Visit the dentist twice a year for check-ups