Why Are My Teeth Sensitive?

Posted on December 14th, 2018

Over 3 million Americans suffer from sensitivity to cold, sweets, or heat. If you are one of them, you know that it can be painful and uncomfortable. The first thing you should do is contact your dentist so they can make sure there isn’t a fixable problem with their teeth. You may be wondering what causes sensitivity in your teeth, well here are some possible answers.

Tooth sensitivity could be caused by many different things, and it can come and go over time. It is most commonly caused by exposure of the dentin under the enamel of your teeth, which could be around the root of your tooth. Gum disease could greatly increase the sensitivity of your teeth. When the outer layer is worn away, the nerves are then exposed, and when subjected to certain foods or temperatures, you’ll feel some sensitivity. Erosion of enamel can be caused by many different things. Brushing your teeth to frequently or hard can cause wear, also don’t use toothpaste that is too abrasive. If your diet includes a large number of acidic foods, then this also could affect the outer layer of your teeth. Teeth grinding, dry mouth, excessive teeth whitening, and acid reflux are more ways that teeth sensitivity can be caused.

 

Thankfully there are fixes for sensitive teeth, and if you are experiencing sensitivity, then you should schedule an appointment with your dentist. Make sure that you let them know what is causing the sensitivity. The dentist will easily be able to rule out the possibility of the sensitivity being caused by cavities or tooth decay. These are usually quickly treated. The dentist may also suggest using a toothpaste that is designed for strengthening your teeth and that helps desensitize your teeth. It is possible that a root canal or some other more extensive treatment may be required.

 

Changing your diet could also be necessary. Cutting out soda, juices, and alcohol, are all ways to help reduce the chances of sensitivity. Tooth sensitivity to cold is painful, but more importantly, it could be pointing to a bigger oral issue. Again the first step we would suggest is scheduling a dental visit as soon as possible.