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Sensitive teeth and nerve pain

When the enamel on your teeth wears away it is not replaced. Enamel erosion exposes the soft tissue layer (dentin) and tooth roots. When you eat ice cream or have a hot drink the exposed dentin allows temperatures to reach inside your tooth which triggers pain and sensitivity.

There are many ways enamel can be eroded but a dental visit can determine the cause. Sometimes repairing a broken tooth or damaged filling can solve the problem. If the cause is gum disease or teeth grinding, dentists can discuss treatment and offer advice.

Key messages

– Visit your dentist for an examination

– Brush gently using a soft bristled toothbrush

– Use a desensitizing toothpaste

Tooth nerve pain is nothing to smile about. Your dentist can identify the problem and offer solutions.

“Tooth sensitivity happens as a result of enamel damage, therefore exposing the softer tissues of the tooth.”