Sensitive teeth? You’re not alone. At least 40 million adults in the United States experience some degree of tooth sensitivity during their lifetime.
The loss of enamel, the hard outer covering of the tooth, either by decay, wear (such as from using a hard toothbrush) or trauma, leaves part of the tooth unprotected causing pain when the tooth is exposed to hot, cold, acidic or sweet foods or beverages, cold air, pressure or even when brushing.
The most common cause is gum recession that exposes the tooth root, which can be very sensitive, particularly to cold. Teeth grinding may also cause one or many teeth to develop sensitivity. In addition, it is not uncommon for sensitivity following dental procedures such as fillings or tooth bleaching, but it will usually stop on its own after a short time. If you are still experiencing sensitivity after a week or two, check back with your dentist.
Taking care of your teeth is important to not only avoid tooth sensitivity
If you’re experiencing tooth sensitivity, consult with your dentist on the cause and available treatment options.
What Causes Sensitive Teeth. http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/conditions/tooth-sensitivity/article/what-causes-sensitive-teeth-0714.
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