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What Causes Sensitive Teeth?

Illustration of sensitive teeth.
Have you ever winced in 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 to blame? Sensitive teeth. If you have sensitive teeth, here are a few common culprits and some ideas to help manage the issue.

Common Causes

Over time, sensitive teeth can come and go. Tooth sensitivity often happens when gums recede, exposing 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 from these common causes:

  • Brushing too hard
  • Eating highly acidic food
  • Abrasive toothpaste
  • Grinding your teeth
  • Bulimia
  • Overusing whitening products

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 rule out other common causes of tooth pain, like cavities, decay or infection. We’ll likely recommend a desensiti[z]ing toothpaste that you can use daily to brush your teeth.

To help reduce tooth sensitivity, you can also make dietary changes, including limiting foods high in sugar like juices or sweet treats.

In severe cases of sensitivity, fillings, gum grafts or a root canal may be needed.

If you have sensitive teeth, reach out to our practice today.

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