What Is Tooth Sensitivity?

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Do your teeth hurt when you draw in a breath of cold air, or when you sip hot cocoa? If so, you are not alone. You may be experiencing the effects of tooth sensitivity, one of the most common dental conditions we see in our practice.  At Smile Studio in Orem and Provo, Utah, the dental practice of Dr. Chad Ellis, we can help you with your tooth sensitivity.
You see, inside your pearly whites, there are tiny tubes in the tissue of the dentin (the layer beneath the enamel) which carry fluid to the nerves. When the fluid moves within the tubes, you can experience irritation in the nerves. Normally your dentin is protected by the hard layer of enamel on top, but if you have gums which have receded, or your enamel has worn down, this can allow the tubules to be exposed.
Once your tubules are exposed, you can experience pain from eating or drinking cold or hot foods, touching your teeth, or exposing your teeth to cold air. Your pearly whites can be worn down by brushing your teeth too hard, prolonged exposure to acidic foods and drinks, i.e. soda, citrus juices or fruit, and conditions like acid reflux or bulimia which can erode precious tooth enamel.
Help for Sensitive Teeth
— Use a desensitizing toothpaste
— Dental sealants
— Fluoride
— Limiting soda and acidic foods
— Brush gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush
If you are currently experiencing the effects of tooth sensitivity, you will want to see our dentist, Dr. Chad Ellis, to rule out a cavity or abscess.
If you suspect that you might have tooth sensitivity, please call 801-225-5594 to schedule an appointment. At Smile Studio in Orem and Provo, Utah, Dr. Chad Ellis and our skilled team want to help you maintain your healthy smile!

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