Everything seems fine at the dinner table, and then you take a sip of a hot or cold drink. Suddenly, a sharp pain shoots through your tooth. If you're wondering what hit you, your dentist has the final word, but there's a good chance you've got sensitive teeth.
Several things can bring it on. Besides hot and cold drinks, your tooth might hurt if you eat or drink something sweet or sour. Sometimes, cold air can set it off.
What Causes Sensitive Teeth?
You get it when your gums pull back and expose the surface beneath, called the dentin. This soft layer has thousands of tiny tubes that lead to the tooth's nerve center (the pulp). They allow the hot, cold, or sweet food to reach the nerve in your tooth, which kicks off your pain.
Other things that can cause you to have sensitive teeth are:
Ways for You to Control Sensitive Teeth:
If you still have discomfort, talk to your dentist. There may be a procedure that can help. He might recommend white fillings to cover the exposed root surfaces. Or he may suggest fluoride varnishes or dentin sealers that are put on the root surfaces.
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