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The real reason your teeth are hurting

from Men's Health

Feel pain in your pearly whites? Don't rush to the dentist just yet. You could have over-sensitive teeth instead of a cavity, according to new research in the Journal of the American Dental Association. Dentists examined more than 700 hurting patients to pinpoint the root of their pain, and found that one in eight were suffering from tooth sensitivity. It happens when the enamel on the outside of your tooth, or the tissue between your tooth and gum, starts to wear away, says John M. Coke, D.D.S., professor of General Dentistry & Oral Medicine at the University of Alabama. That exposes tubes connecting the nerves inside your teeth, so any kind of stimulus on that nerve will register as pain, Dr. Coke says. more

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