Tooth sensitivity is a common condition that causes pain or discomfort in the teeth when exposed to certain triggers, such as hot or cold foods and drinks, acidic foods and drinks, or sweet foods and drinks. It can also be triggered by brushing or flossing your teeth.
Tooth sensitivity is caused when the dentin, the layer of tooth tissue under the enamel, becomes exposed. This can happen for a number of reasons, including:
Worn enamel: Enamel is the hard outer layer of the tooth that protects the dentin from exposure. Over time, enamel can wear down due to brushing too hard, using a hard-bristled toothbrush, or eating acidic foods and drinks.
If you are experiencing tooth sensitivity, there are a number of things you can do to relieve the pain/discomfort:
– use desensitizing toothpaste
– use a soft-bristled toothbrush and brush gently
– avoid sweet and acidic foods and drinks
Call us for advice on appropriate treatment.