If you experience pain when eating sweets, or when you eat very hot or cold foods, you may have sensitive teeth. Luckily, certain toothpastes can do a lot to alleviate the pain associated with teeth sensitivity and help you keep on enjoying the foods and drinks you love.
What causes tooth sensitivity?
Sensitivity issues arise when the outer enamel of teeth wears away or gums recede, exposing the dentin tissue underneath. Dentin is a porous tissue, which contains microscopic holes called tubules that run from the surface to the pulp in the center of the tooth. Nerves reside in the pulp and when the dentin tubules are exposed to certain foods or beverages it can stimulate the nerve causing pain.
Two of the most common factors that can lead to enamel abrasion and receding gums:
- Brushing too hard:
Brushing too hard or using a hard-bristled toothbrush can cause gum recession and dentin exposure over time.
- Acidic foods:
Eating acidic foods and beverages on a regular basis can erode enamel, increasing the likelihood of sensitivity.