The makeup of a healthy tooth includes a porous tissue called dentin. Dentin is protected by the gum and the enamel on the outer layer of the tooth. If the gum line ever recedes or there is a fracture, chipped tooth, or erosion, dentin can become exposed. Within Dentin are microscopic holes called tubules that connect to nerves and this, in turn, produces irritation and pain when introduced to particular foods or beverages.
There are several things to consider avoiding dentin exposure. Brushing too hard or using a hard-bristled toothbrush can cause recession and root exposure. One’s age has a lot to do with sensitivity at different stages throughout one’s life. Eating foods heavy in acid on a regular basis can cause erosion of the enamel.
Treatments should include a soft-bristle toothbrush as well as desensitizing toothpaste. If you have sensitive teeth your mouth will react to hot, cold, and acidic foods and beverages. Tailor your diet to reduce these acidic foods and beverages and visit your dentist regularly to maintain and monitor your existing condition.
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