Beneath the tooth enamel is a layer of tissue called dentin which transmits temperature to the nerves or tooth pulp. This tissue is extremely sensitive to even slight changes and when exposed due to chipped or damaged enamel the result is pain and discomfort. One sign of damaged tooth enamel is sensitive teeth when even slightly hot or cold food can invoke a twinge of pain.
Protecting the dentin and the underlying roots is vital in avoiding tooth sensitivity and nerve pain and the way to do this is to take good care of the tooth enamel by avoiding:
– Hard brushing or using too hard a toothbrush bristle
– Brushing too aggressively
– Grinding the teeth (bruxism)
Suffering from tooth sensitivity and nerve pain can be very painful in some cases but it can be largely avoided with proper dental care. Tooth sensitivity is not always a result of damaged enamel. There are often simpler and easily treated causes which a visit to the dentist can resolve. However, as a recent article points out “if you have severe tooth sensitivity, you may need additional treatment.”
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