Damage to the enamel exposes the underlying dentin which is a soft layer of tissues and very sensitive. The dentin transmits the temperature of the tooth down to the innermost nerves, also known as pulp, and is extremely sensitive to temperature change and even taste.
The best way to avoid problems with sensitivity is to practice good dental care in order to protect the enamel which cannot be replaced and some of the main causes of damaged enamel include:
- Hard brushing
- Gum disease
Most of these can be avoided by proper brushing and regular check-ups at the dentist.
Tooth sensitivity can be a painful condition when cold air enters the mouth. Prevention is better than cure. Tooth sensitivity is not always caused by damaged or worn enamel and as a recently article points out “seeing your dentist can help address your tooth pain” which may have a very simple explanation.
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