When you can’t pull yourself to bite into a scoop of ice cream or let your teeth touch hot coffee, your tooth sensitivity has gone so far. But what is causing it, and what can you do about it? About 40 million adults suffer from tooth sensitivity in the United States alone. The underlying causes of tooth sensitivity vary, and the best way to find out is a visit to your dentist.
No matter the specific cause of your tooth sensitivity, it all begins in one place. That place is called tooth “dentin.” Dentin is the soft inner layer of your tooth that resides underneath the protection of your hard tooth enamel. The dentin is comprised of microscopic tubes that hold very small nerve endings that allow your teeth to feel. When the protective enamel of your tooth wears away, and the dentin becomes exposed, this ultimately leads to tooth sensitivity. The pain associated with dentin being exposed to extreme cold or heat can be intense!
Enamel can be worn down by a variety of things. Here is a short list of things that could cause your tooth sensitivity:
If you have a good oral routine including brushing with a soft-bristled toothbrush, avoiding acidic beverages, and flossing regularly, you can typically avoid serious tooth sensitivity. If you suffer from tooth sensitivity, give us a call today to discuss your options!