Why are my teeth so sensitive?

Have you ever had sensitivity after eating or drinking something too cold, hot, or acidic? You’re not alone! In the US alone, there are an estimated 40 million adults who also experience tooth sensitivity. The reasons behind this are varied, and some possible causes are listed below: 

  • worn enamel due to a hard bristle toothbrush or brushing too aggressively
  • tooth erosion due to highly acidic or sugary foods
  • tooth decay, leaky fillings, or broken teeth that expose the underlying dentin
  • gum recession that exposes the root
  • grinding your teeth 
  • post-treatment sensitivity- this is temporary, but very common among patients who have had crowns, fillings, or tooth bleaching

So what can you do? 

The first step is to call your dentist and set up an appointment. Once the dentist examines the site of sensitivity, he or she can treat the cause (ex. fixing a filling, gum grafting, applying a fluoride gel to strengthen enamel). Another option to add to your daily routine is swapping out your regular toothpaste for a sensitivity-specific toothpaste, such as Sensodyne. 

Remember, you shouldn’t have to limit yourself from ice cream or hot tea. If you are experiencing tooth sensitivity, give our office a call- we are always happy to help!

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