What Can I Do About My Sensitive Teeth?
The American Academy of General Dentistry estimates that 40 million adults in the United States experience tooth sensitivity. Many people are forced to avoid their favorite hot or cold foods and beverages. So what causes some people’s teeth to become so sensitive? And what can be done about sensitive teeth?
Causes of Sensitive Teeth
Enamel is the hard, outer surface of the tooth that acts as a protective shell. The softer, inner part of the tooth surrounding the nerve is called dentin. Any time portions of the enamel are lost or thinned, the inner dentin can be exposed which provides less protection for the nerve of the tooth. Tooth enamel can be ...