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Maryland Scientists Discover Why Cold Foods Can Cause Tooth Pain

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Science Advances.The study reveals why the popular natural remedy, clove oil, alleviates tooth pain. Clove oil, which dentists have used for centuries, contains a compound that blocks the cold-sensitive proteins.Electrophysiologist Katharina Zimmermann, who led the work at Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg in Germany, explained why this works.

She says that developing drugs that more specifically target this sensor could eliminate tooth sensitivity to cold. She says this:Teeth begin to decay when bacteria and acid erode the enamel, the protective layer covering teeth.

As the enamel wears away, cavities start to form. Around 2.4 billion people, or about a third of the global population, have untreated cavities.

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