If you occasionally experience a sudden flash of pain, or mild tingly feeling when you bite into sweet or sour foods, or drink hot or cold beverages, you may have sensitive teeth.

Pain from sensitive teeth is not always constant; it can come and go. Constant pain could be a sign of a more serious problem. It is still important, however, to discuss your symptoms with your dentist to determine the cause and treatment.

Depending on your diagnosis, your dentist may recommend a variety of different treatments. It is important to consult your dentist if sensitivity is a problem.

What causes sensitive teeth?

In healthy teeth, porous tissue called dentin is protected by your gums and your teeth’s hard enamel shell.

Microscopic holes in the dentin called tubules, connect back to the nerve triggering pain when irritated by certain foods and beverages.

Dentin can be exposed by receding gums, fractured or chipped teeth and clenching or grinding your teeth.

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