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Sensitive Teeth

Sensitivity to hot and cold food or beverages is a common dental problem. It is most commonly caused when the inner substance of the tooth, (dentine) and the substance that covers the tooth root, (cementum) become thin and are worn away.

This can expose the tubules that connect to the nerves inside the tooth and it is the stimulation of those nerves that causes the pain.

Some other causes of sensitive teeth include tooth decay, fractured teeth, worn fillings and gum disease.

In the absence of any underlying issue such as decay or disease, sensitive teeth can be readily treated.

Depending on the level of your sensitivity, your dentist may recommend a specialised toothpaste, tooth mousse, a fluoride rinse, gel or varnish.

 

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