What Causes Sensitive Teeth?
Have you ever experienced pain after eating a spoonful of ice cream or while sipping a hot drink? If so, you’re not alone. In fact, millions of people around the world experience the same thing.
What’s the cause?
Sensitive teeth! Here are a few common causes.
Over time, sensitive teeth can come and go. Tooth sensitivity often happens when gums recede, because it exposes dentin on the roots of the teeth. Roots aren’t covered in enamel, which is what protects our teeth from feeling overly sensitive.
The enamel on the crown of our teeth can also erode over time, especially because of these common causes:
- Brushing too hard
- Eating highly acidic food
- Abrasive toothpaste
- Grinding your teeth
- Overusing whitening products
So what’s the good news?
This type of tooth pain can be easily managed. First, you’ll want to book a visit with our practice so that we can evaluate your teeth and as a result, rule out other common causes of tooth pain, like cavities, decay or infection.
To help reduce tooth sensitivity, you can also make dietary changes, including limiting foods high in sugar like juices or sweet treats or avoiding extremely hot and cold food/drinks.
In severe cases of sensitivity, fillings, gum grafts or a root canal may be needed.
It’s not too late to reach out to our practice today. Don’t wait till it’s too late!
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