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What are sensitive teeth?

Sensitive teeth means that your teeth or gums pick up slight variations in temperature or chemical changes in your mouth. This can be caused by eating or drinking hot or cold products. Teeth may also be sensitive to sugars common in candy or soft drinks. Teeth may also be sensitive to the touch. Talk to your dentist about ways to combat sensitivity.

Sensitive teeth are those that experience pain when they encounter hot or cold sensations. Cavities, fractures in the teeth, worn tooth enamel, cracked teeth or an exposed tooth root can all cause sensitive teeth.

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