What is Dentin and Why does it Hurt so Much?

dentist working on patientThe dentin in your mouth is the layer that is beneath your enamel. It is what your enamel protects and why it is so important to prevent tooth decay. As your enamel is eaten away by bacteria and sugar, the dentin becomes exposed. When this occurs, you feel pain in your mouth and suffer from the inability to eat your favorite hot and cold foods because the dentin is so sensitive.

How to Prevent Dentin from Hurting

Your dentin will not hurt if you care for your enamel and your gums. This means practicing proper oral hygiene and getting regular checkups. If your teeth are not being eaten away by bacteria and plaque and your gums remain in good condition, the dentin is not exposed and you will not experience any pain. This means that you must:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once
  • If you cannot brush your teeth right away, drink and/or rinse with a glass of water to remove the germs
  • Get a professional cleaning twice a year
  • Make sure to never skip flossing as that is the only way to get the debris and bacteria out from in between your teeth
  • Don’t brush too hard; excessive brushing can cause receding gums
  • Don’t use a hard bristled brush as this too can cause receding gums

If you are suffering from sensitive and/or painful teeth, please call us for an appointment today and we will help you get to the bottom of it!

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