Learn About Teeth Sensitivity: Causes & Prevention

What is Tooth Sensitivity and Exposed Dentin


Tooth sensitivity inflicts significant pain and discomfort. Many people who suffer from sensitivity avoid basic behaviors due to intense pain.

What is Tooth Sensitivity?

People who suffer from tooth sensitivity avoid daily activities such as consuming hot or cold foods and beverages as well as brushing their teeth. These simple activities cause tooth sensitivity sufferers to live in constant fear of severe pain. Sensitivity occurs when the dentin, a porous tissue in your teeth, becomes exposed. The dentin has microscopic channels, called tubules, which are pathways to the nerve. When dentinal tubules are exposed, due to receding gum tissue or enamel loss, nerves are more easily triggered by certain stimuli causing tooth sensitivity.

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What are the Causes of Tooth Sensitivity?

Some factors which can contribute to tooth sensitivity include:

- Brushing too hard or using a toothbrush with hard bristles.

- Teeth grinding.

- Dental cleanings or treatments.

- Temporary tooth sensitivity, which can occur after a professional teeth-whitening treatment but usually goes away shortly after the procedure ends.

If you are exhibiting any signs or symptoms of tooth sensitivity, visit your dentist immediately for a proper assessment.

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How to Treat and Prevent Sensitive Teeth

See your dental professional for proper assessment and to find out the best steps to take for treatment.

Here are some steps you can take to treat and prevent tooth sensitivity:

  1. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush, which will help prevent gum loss.

  2. Brush with a sensitivity toothpaste, which will continue removing plaque to clean teeth while providing relief from sensitivity.

  3. Brush and floss your teeth twice a day to prevent gum loss.

  4. Be sure to clean all parts of your mouth, including between teeth and along the gum line.

  5. Avoid acidic foods and drinks.

When it comes to teeth sensitivity, a healthier mouth starts with good brushing habits.

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