Many children and adults suffer from tooth sensitivity. This condition, which can be very uncomfortable, typically occurs when the underlying layer of your teeth (the dentin) becomes exposed. (This can be caused by a number of factors, noted below.) Once this happens, the microscopic tubules in the dentin that lead to the nerve of the tooth become exposed, which can cause pain when you bite into foods that are hot, cold, sweet, or acidic.
Some of the factors that may lead to tooth sensitivity include:
While there is no distinct "cure" for tooth sensitivity, desensitizing toothpastes can typically provide some relief.
What else can you do?
Want to know more? Read this article from the American Dental Association.
Or read this related study from the Journal of the American Dental Association.
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