You get sensitive teeth when your gums pull back and expose the surface beneath, called the dentin. This soft layer makes up the inner part and roots, which have thousands of tiny tubes that lead to the tooth’s nerve center (the pulp). These channels allow the trigger — for example, the hot, cold, or sweet food — to reach the nerve in your tooth, which results in the pain you feel.
11(A) Steps to Reduce Tooth Sensitivity
The good news is there are many ways to control sensitive teeth. You can:
If you still have discomfort, talk to your dentist. There may be a procedure that can help. He might recommend:
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