Sensitive Teeth

You can find out if you have sensitive teeth or not by taking a bite of ice cream or a sip of coffee. If it is painful, you may have sensitive teeth.

Sensitive teeth can be caused by decaying teeth, fractured teeth, or receding gums. Trauma to a tooth, poor oral hygiene, and repeated exposure to stomach acid can cause decaying or fractures. If your enamel layer is wearing down and the dentin layer underneath becomes exposed, irritation will arise. The dentin layer of the tooth is filled with tubules, which are microscopic channels. When the dentin layer is irritated by touch or temperature, pain will be obvious.

Reducing the intake of foods and drinks with a lot of carbohydrates from your diet will help prevent sensitive teeth because it will reduce the plaque build up and the decay of your teeth. Another way to avoid sensitivity is to use toothpastes that do not include tartar-control. Brushing your teeth too hard and using hard-bristled toothbrushes will also tend to cause sensitivity so be sure to avoid those as much as possible.

We have helped people with sensitive teeth by consulting their daily habits when eating or drinking.


Definitions related to Sensitive Teeth

Dentin Layer:  the second layer of a tooth

Tartar:  an accumulation of plaque that has hardened

Tubules:  a small tube inside the tooth that nerve signals travel through


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