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How would you know if you have sensitive teeth?

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If your teeth are healthy, a hard outer layer of enamel covers them to protect the nerves inside. The enamel can wear away over time. When the middle layer of your tooth is exposed, anything you eat or drink can reach your nerve endings. You'll feel a couple seconds of pain when something hot or cold hits them. Sweet or acidic foods may bother you, too.

From: Why Do My Teeth Hurt? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Dental Association.

Oral Health Foundation: "Sensitive teeth."

American Academy of Periodontology: "Gum Disease Information."

National Health Service: "Toothache."

Pray, W. 2007. US Pharmacist,

University of Maryland Medical Center.

American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons: "Wisdom Teeth Management."

Academy of General Dentistry: "When to Remove Wisdom Teeth."

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on June 01, 2018

SOURCES:

American Dental Association.

Oral Health Foundation: "Sensitive teeth."

American Academy of Periodontology: "Gum Disease Information."

National Health Service: "Toothache."

Pray, W. 2007. US Pharmacist,

University of Maryland Medical Center.

American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons: "Wisdom Teeth Management."

Academy of General Dentistry: "When to Remove Wisdom Teeth."

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on June 01, 2018

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