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Why Are My Teeth Sensitive?

Perhaps you’ve noticed one or two teeth reacting poorly when you eat a piece of cake with sugary frosting or when you take a gulp of ice-cold water. You might be inclined to ignore the feeling, hoping it will go away on its own, but you may be suffering from some sensitivity that won’t go away so easily.

What exactly does it mean to have tooth sensitivity?

Sensitive teeth are often a symptom of something else going on in your mouth, and it can be something that is easily addressed or something that requires a visit with the dentist. You’re more likely to experience sensitivity if your tooth enamel (the hard outer surface which protects your teeth from decaying) has been worn down. It can also occur when you brush your teeth too vigorously or when the roots of your teeth become exposed. It’s important to be aware of your teeth and what might be affecting them. You can often correct the issue by brushing your teeth carefully.  

If you find your brushing or your unhealthy gums have exposed the roots of your teeth, or the inside of your tooth is being exposed, you may need more invasive care.

Are you a jaw-clencher or teeth grinder?

That may also be adding to the wear and tear of your enamel. It may be beneficial for you to ask the dentist about solutions to prevent you from grinding your teeth, too.

The food you eat can also wear down your teeth. If you enjoy eating and drinking foods with high acidity, it may be time for you to cut down. Limit or completely replace the acidic foods you eat to help protect your teeth.

The cause of your sensitivity may be something else you’re putting in your mouth though--the very toothpaste that’s meant to protect your teeth. Sometimes the chemicals in whitening toothpaste can be problematic, so it might be beneficial to swap out your regular toothpaste for something a bit gentler.

If your teeth are consistently sensitive, it’s easy to invest in a toothpaste meant especially to strengthen and protect your teeth, and as you continue to brush and floss your teeth daily, you’ll remove plaque and prevent gum disease that could contribute to tooth sensitivity as well. Give us a call today if you are experiencing regular tooth sensitivity.