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How to Control and Calm Sensitive Teeth

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Have you been dealing with the stress and distress of sensitive teeth? Asking, why do my teeth hurt? Discover what’s causing your pain and ways to ease your endless ache.

The Story on Sensitive Teeth

You suffer from sensitive teeth when you feel a sudden stinging sensation while eating or drinking something that is hot, cold, sour, or sweet. You may also feel a throbbing pain when breathing in frosty air or simply brushing your teeth. If you’ve experienced this problem, you may wonder: why do my teeth hurt? To understand the problem, realize that healthy teeth are protected by their enamel and by the gums. But when your enamel or gums begin to erode, this exposes the tooth’s lower layer called dentin. This dentin is close to the nerve of the tooth, so any extremes in temperature or pressure will stimulate the nerve and produce a pang of pain.

Common Causes of Sensitivity

Everyone’s case is different and the specific causes of your sensitive teeth can only be determined by a dental care specialist. But the most prevalent reasons for sensitive teeth include:

  • Very aggressive brushing that wears away the tooth enamel and gums
  • Cracked or fractured teeth
  • Gum recession
  • Grinding or clenching the teeth
  • Age, which can cause dental deterioration

Dental Care Treatments for Sensitive Teeth

Sensitive teeth can be a temporary occurrence or a persistent problem, but you don’t have to suffer in silence. Since tooth sensitivity can strike for many reasons, the only way to ease your pain is to see a dental care specialist and ask, “Why do my teeth hurt?” Severe pain may be a sign of a more serious dental condition, so it’s wise to see a dentist immediately to address your particular pain. In most cases, the discomfort is due to mild sensitivity and these at-home dental care treatments can calm the condition:

  • Brush and floss very gently, yet completely.
  • Always brush with a soft-bristled brush.
  • Use a desensitizing toothpaste and mouth rinse, as recommended by your dental care specialist.
  • Get regular professional check-ups and cleanings to keep your smile healthy.

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