If the idea of biting in to a frozen treat is enough to give you chills (in a bad way!), then you may suffer from tooth sensitivity. This condition is one that millions of people deal with on a daily basis.
But what causes tooth sensitivity and what can be done to treat it? Read on for more.
Causes of tooth sensitivity
Each of our teeth has an outer protective layer of enamel. Over the years, that enamel can wear away from soft drink and fruit drink consumption, a diet high in sugar, certain medications and even acid reflux.
As the outer enamel wears away, the inner layer is left exposed. This layer, known as dentin, is comprised of fluid-filled tubules that reach the inner part of the tooth where nerves reside. And when the nerves become exposed, tooth sensitivity occurs, which can come in the form of a tingly or stinging sensation.
Many times, tooth sensitivity is caused by consuming hot and cold foods and beverages, or those that are sweet or acidic. Even air can cause teeth to be sensitive.
How to treat tooth sensitivity
If your teeth are sensitive, let your Redwood Dental dentist know right away so that the cause can be determined. In most cases, tooth sensitivity can be treated by using desensitizing toothpaste which block the tubules in the dentin, therefore, protecting the nerves from being exposed. Also, good oral hygiene, avoiding aggressive brushing and eating a healthy diet can go a long way to help you avoid tooth sensitivity.
If ever your tooth sensitivity turns in to pain, see your dentist right away, as there could be a more serious underlying issue.
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