If you experience discomfort while biting into cold treats like ice-cream or hot beverages like tea, you may be suffering from tooth sensitivity.
WHAT CAUSES TOOTH SENSITIVITY?
Enamel is the outermost layer of the tooth and it protects the crown of healthy teeth.
A similar layer called the cememtum protects the root.
When either layer gets damaged, the underlying tooth layer (dentin) is exposed. This allows hot, cold, or acidic foods to stimulate the nerves in the tooth, causing pain or discomfort.
WHEN YOU HAVE SENSITIVE TEETH,
EVEN BREATHING IN COLD AIR
THROUGH THE MOUTH CAN
CAUSES OF TOOTH SENSITIVITY
- Cracked teeth or fillings
- Worn-out enamel
- Gum recession
- Gingivitis or periodontitis
- Excessive tooth whitening
- Secondary caries: decay caused from improper treatment of cavities
- Acid reflux exposes oral cavities to acid and increases the risk of sensitivity and tooth decay
BE STRONG, NOT SENSITIVE
The American Dental Association© recommends using a fluoride mouthwash* to prevent cavities that can cause tooth sensitivity.