Why Are My Teeth Sensitive?

woman looks in a hand held mirror at her sensitive teeth

Tooth sensitivity can be caused by a variety of factors, and the best way to get to the bottom of it is by discussing your dental concerns and lifestyle habits with our knowledgeable dental team. To schedule a consultation with our office, please give us a call or send us a message, and we will find a convenient time for you to come see us.

Worn Down Enamel

Tooth enamel is the hard outer layer of a tooth that protects it from harmful bacteria. Enamel can wear down over time due to many reasons, like diets that are full of starches and sweets, teeth grinding, and dental trauma. When enamel becomes worn down, it can be restored using fluoride treatments. In other cases, certain teeth may need to be restored using restorations like crowns or veneers.

Tooth Decay or Infection

If you notice one or more teeth have suddenly become sensitive, especially to hot or cold foods and drinks, that can be a sign that a larger issue is present. If you notice additional symptoms, like brown or black spots on teeth or tooth pain in addition to the sensitivity, we recommend scheduling a visit with our team so we can examine your teeth and provide a diagnosis and treatment plan.

Receding Gums

Teeth can sometimes become sensitive because the gum line has become lower, and more of the teeth are exposed. When certain areas of the teeth are used to being covered by the gums, they can feel more sensitive than before. It’s important to gently brush these areas of the teeth to keep them clean and help them become less sensitive. In severe cases, gum grafts may need to be used to restore the gums.

Additional Treatment Options

You may have a pretty good idea of why your teeth are sensitive already, but it never hurts to bring up your concerns with our team. We may recommend switching to a toothpaste for sensitive teeth and gently brushing your teeth with a soft-bristle toothbrush. If you clench or grind your teeth at night, wearing a custom nightguard can protect your teeth and gums. Finally, watching how many citrus fruits and acidic drinks you consume can help reduce your tooth sensitivity over time.

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