Why Are My Teeth Sensitive?


If you experience an ache or shooting pain from eating your favorite cold treat or from sipping on hot tea or coffee, you most likely are experiencing tooth sensitivity. According to the Academy of General Dentistry, approximately 40 million adults in the United States have sensitive teeth. Whether this pain comes and goes or it lingers for a while, it can be extremely uncomfortable. Learn more about the causes of sensitive teeth and how you can combat it below!

What is Tooth Sensitivity

Each tooth is made up of dentin, which contains microscopic tubules full of nerve endings. On the outer layer of the tooth is enamel, which provides a protective layer for the tooth. Over time, the dentin can become exposed if the enamel wears away. Whenever dentin is left unprotected, dentin hypersensitivity or nerve irritation occurs when nerve endings are exposed to hot, cold or acidic substances. 

Common Causes

  • Brushing teeth too hard
  • Grinding teeth at night
  • Using a hard-bristled toothbrush
  • Frequently consuming acidic foods and beverages
  • Gum recession

Other Causes

  • Tooth decay
  • Broken teeth
  • Chipped teeth
  • Worn-down fillings or crowns

What You Can Do

Whether it’s a mildly annoying case or it’s a tad more painful, there are ways to treat sensitive teeth and prevent further damage to your teeth. 

For mild cases, opting for certain dental products and maintaining proper oral hygiene will do the trick. Gently brushing your teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush and regular flossing will help prevent further enamel erosion and gum recession. The use of a toothpaste specifically created for sensitive teeth is also recommended, as these kinds of toothpaste don’t contain irritating ingredients. Reducing your intake of sugary and acidic beverages and foods is another way to protect your teeth.

When to Call Beall Dental Center

If home treatments don’t seem to work or you’re experiencing severe discomfort, it’s time to give Beall Dental Center a call. While sensitive teeth can be treated, the type of treatment will depend on what is causing the sensitivity. Schedule an appointment with us and let our team find a solution for you!

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