How does tooth sensitivity relate to cavities?

Recession of the gums away from the teeth can make them more susceptible to sensitivity. Recession of the gums combined with an increased incidence of periodontal (gum) disease, can expose tooth roots to plaque. If you experience sensitivity, see your dentist. He/she can help determine the cause.
Tooth sensitivity may be a symptom of a cavity. Tooth sensitivity refers to a mild or sharp pain you experience when eating or drinking something hot or cold. However, tooth sensitivity may also be caused by other factors, including teeth grinding (bruxism), brushing teeth too hard, and even some dental treatments like tooth whitening. If you experience tooth sensitivity, it is important to talk to your dentist. Your dentist can determine whether a cavity is the cause, and properly treat this condition.

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