You may have noticed that your teeth are feeling more sensitive, making you wince from time to time or even causing real pain.
Although uncomfortable, tooth sensitivity is a helpful warning sign that something’s wrong and that you need to see your dentist. Sensitivity can be treated and can usually be cured – but if left untreated, things are only likely to get worse.
How do you know if you have sensitive teeth?
You may have ‘ouch’ moments when:
- You’re having a hot drink or eating an ice-cream
- You’re eating something sour or very sweet
- You bite down on something
- An ache or pain persists well after the initial twinges
Why do teeth become sensitive?
The reason why teeth feel sensitive is because the layer of dentine within the tooth has been exposed. This is because the protective enamel, on the surface of the tooth, has been damaged.
Dentine contains lots of very tiny holes which run through to the tooth's nerve. This indirect exposure of the nerve is why you feel sudden tooth sensitivity or pain.
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