It’s a hot summer day and you’re craving something cold for a refreshing treat. You grab a popsicle and start chowing it down. As you start eating it more and more, you get a chilling sensation in your teeth that causes you to take a break from eating for a short while. This is called tooth sensitivity; but you’re not alone. About 45 million people experience sensitive teeth symptoms at some point in their lives.
So what causes this very chilling sensation, you ask? First and foremost, if you’re experiencing tooth sensitivity, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have a severe dental problem on your hands. The two main reasons for tooth sensitivity are:
Exposed Nerve Roots: When roots become exposed to cold temperatures due to receding gums, it can trigger a pain sensation in the nerve
The Overuse of Sensitivity-Prone Products: brushing too hard, abundant uses of whitening treatments, and acids from food can contribute to this