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The Truth About Tooth Sensitivity: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment


Tooth sensitivity is a common dental issue that can cause discomfort and pain when consuming hot or cold foods and drinks, or when brushing and flossing. But what causes tooth sensitivity, and what can you do to alleviate the discomfort? Here’s the truth about tooth sensitivity:


Tooth sensitivity is often caused by exposed dentin, which is the layer of the tooth beneath the enamel. Dentin can become exposed due to gum recession, enamel erosion, or tooth decay. Other causes of tooth sensitivity include teeth grinding, aggressive brushing, and using tooth-whitening products.


The most common symptom of tooth sensitivity is a sharp, sudden pain or discomfort when consuming hot, cold, sweet, or acidic foods and drinks. Some people may also experience pain or discomfort when brushing or flossing. In more severe cases, tooth sensitivity can cause constant pain or discomfort.


The treatment for tooth sensitivity will depend on the underlying cause. If the sensitivity is caused by exposed dentin, our dental team may recommend using desensitizing toothpaste or fluoride treatments to strengthen the enamel and reduce sensitivity. We may also recommend using a soft-bristled toothbrush and practicing proper oral hygiene to prevent further enamel erosion.

If the sensitivity is caused by tooth decay or gum disease, Dr. Nematollahi may recommend more extensive treatment, such as fillings or root canal therapy.

In some cases, lifestyle changes can also help reduce tooth sensitivity. This may include avoiding acidic foods and drinks, using a mouthguard to prevent teeth grinding, and switching to a less abrasive toothpaste.

Tooth sensitivity is a common dental issue that can cause discomfort and pain. The best way to prevent tooth sensitivity is to practice good oral hygiene and avoid factors that can lead to enamel erosion or gum recession. If you are experiencing tooth sensitivity, consult with our team at Downtown Whitby Dentistry to determine the underlying cause and the best treatment options for you.

With the right treatment, you can alleviate tooth sensitivity and enjoy a healthy, pain-free smile.

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