Why do teeth have sensitivity ?
Tooth sensitivity is a common dental problem characterized by a sudden, sharp pain or discomfort in the teeth when exposed to certain stimuli, such as hot or cold temperatures, sweet or acidic foods, or brushing and flossing.
There are several reasons why teeth can become sensitive, including:
Tooth decay: When the enamel of the tooth becomes damaged or eroded, it can expose the sensitive dentin layer, which can cause sensitivity.
Gum disease: Receding gums can expose the roots of the teeth, which are more sensitive than the enamel.
Tooth grinding: Clenching or grinding your teeth can cause the enamel to wear away, exposing the sensitive dentin layer.
Dental procedures: Certain dental procedures, such as teeth whitening or a dental filling, can cause temporary sensitivity.
Toothbrush abrasion: Brushing too hard or using a hard-bristled toothbrush can cause the enamel to wear away and expose the dentin layer.
Acidic foods and drinks: Consuming acidic foods and drinks can erode the enamel, exposing the sensitive dentin layer.
If you are experiencing tooth sensitivity, it is important to see a dentist to determine the cause and receive appropriate treatment. Dr. Sarita Malhotra, a dentist in Burlington, MA may recommend using a desensitizing toothpaste, applying a fluoride gel, or other treatments to help alleviate the sensitivity.
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