you occasionally experience a sudden flash of pain, or a mild
tingly feeling when you bite into sweet or sour foods, or drink
hot or cold beverages, you may have sensitive
Pain from sensitive teeth is not always constant; it can come
and go. Constant pain could be a sign of a more serious problem.
It is still important, however, to discuss your symptoms with
your dentist to determine the cause and proper treatment.
Causes Sensitive Teeth?
In healthy teeth, porous tissue called dentin is
protected by your gums and your teeths hard enamel shell.
Microscopic holes in the dentin, called tubules,
connect back to the nerve, triggering pain when irritated by
certain foods and beverages. Dentin can be exposed by:
- Receding gums caused by improper brushing or gum disease.
- Fractured or chipped teeth.
- Clenching or grinding your teeth.
Depending on the diagnosis, your dentist may recommend one
or more of the following treatments to relieve the symptoms of
- A soft-bristle
toothbrush to protect gums.
- A special
toothpaste for sensitive teeth that can either block
access to the nerve or insulate the nerve itself.
- A fluoride
rinse or gel for sensitive teeth, prescribed by your
A sensitivity toothpaste usually eases pain in about two to
four weeks. Follow your dental professionals special home
care instructions for regular use to keep pain from returning.
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