Springfield, MO – Do you cringe every time you take a sip of hot coffee or iced tea? Sensitive teeth are a common problem, but there are some ways you can lessen your sensitivity.
But what causes sensitive teeth in the first place? Teeth are made of enamel, the hard surface that protects the crowns of the teeth, and cementum, which protects the root of the tooth under the gum line. Underneath both of these is something called dentin, which is more sensitive than enamel and cementum.
“The dentin contains tiny, hollow tubes that, when the dentin’s protective covering is lost, allow heat and cold to touch the nerves inside the tooth,” says Dr. Tracy Davis, an Ozark dentist. “This causes sensitivity when eating or drinking hot or cold foods and even when breathing through your mouth.”
The first step in preventing sensitive teeth is proper oral care. If you have sensitive teeth, it is important to brush and floss regularly, but not to be too aggressive as you may increase your sensitivity by causing damage to the protective structures of your teeth.More