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Our teeth are complex, living structures. They are covered by a layer of enamel, the hardest substance in the human body. Beneath the enamel are softer layers that are full of nerves. When they become exposed, the results can be painful. Here are some common causes of sensitive teeth.

– Gum recession. The protective enamel layer on your teeth does not extend to their roots. So when gums recede, due to gum disease or other causes, these sensitive roots are exposed to everything you eat and drink. Triggers such as heat, cold, or sweetness can send pain shooting down deep into the tooth.

– Enamel erosion. Tooth enamel can wear away due to tooth decay, teeth grinding, and just normal use over time. As thin areas and holes develop in it, dentin is exposed, which allows nerves access to the outside world.

– Whitening products. Depending on their strength and rate of use, products used to whiten your teeth can cause serious tooth sensitivity. Stopping use typically ends any sensitivity.

– Age. While you might think that older people are more prone to dental sensitivity, people between 25 and 30 typically have the most sensitive teeth.

– Diet. The food you eat every day has a tremendous impact on your oral health. Foods with high acid content weaken enamel in the same way cavity-causing bacteria do.

If you have sensitive teeth, keep up on your oral hygiene. Using a toothpaste for sensitive teeth can help, as can a soft-bristled brush. Other dental treatments may be beneficial. To talk about what more you can do, please call Smile Time Family Dentistry in Hattiesburg, MS, today.