Tooth sensitivity occurs when the protective enamel on the tooth is damaged or when receding gums or periodontal disease exposes the underlying dentin at the roots. If your teeth are sensitive it is important to talk to your dentist to rule out anything serious and address the source of the problem.
Always tell your dentist if your teeth are sensitive to hot, cold or sweet and call your dentist at once if you experience any of these symptoms:
Try our seven tips to prevent tooth sensitivity.
Plaque forms bacteria that irritates your gums and may make them recede, exposing the dentin at the roots. Small fluid-filled tubules inside the dentin connect to the nerve of the tooth which is very sensitive and can cause discomfort if exposed to hot, cold, acidic foods or decay.Learn More