Sensitive Teeth

Multiple Causes for Sensitive Teeth

Does chewing ice or biting into a sugary treat make you wince? Does drinking hot coffee or a cold glass of iced tea cause pain in your teeth? Have you given up spicy foods or orange juice because it’s not worth the agony you experience?

It’s possible you have sensitive teeth. This condition occurs when dentin, which is the underlying layer of your teeth, becomes exposed due to receding gum tissue. Tooth roots are not covered by enamel, so the nerve is exposed. That’s why you experience pain caused by sweet, sour, hot, cold, and other stimuli.

What can cause sensitive teeth? Brushing too hard or using the wrong toothbrush can wear down the enamel. Decay near the gum line or periodontal disease can allow access to the tooth root. Other causes of sensitive teeth are teeth-whitening products, mouthwashes, acidic foods, grinding your teeth, or cracked, damaged teeth.

To reduce the sensitivity of your teeth, you can:

  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush.
  • Utilize desensitizing toothpaste.
  • Avoid acidic foods.
  • Use a mouthguard to stop teeth grinding or clenching.
  • Get regular check-ups.

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