If you have ever taken a swig of ice-cold water or soda and your teeth start to hurt, you are dealing with teeth sensitivity. While it is painful, it is treatable!
Tooth sensitivity can be a temporary or chronic problem. If you only experience it occasionally, it is most likely due to something you have eaten or drank. However, if you find that your teeth are sensitive all the time, it could be a sign of a more serious issue and you should see your dentist.
Here are a few reasons you may be suffering from tooth sensitivity:
1. You’ve undergone a dental procedure
If you have had a root canal, tooth extraction, or crown placement, it will be common to feel some sensitivity. If the symptoms linger, you may need to schedule another visit to your dentist. If the sensitivity appeared after a dental procedure and doesn’t go away, this may be a sign of an infection.
2. Your tooth has a crack
Having a chipped or cracked tooth might produce discomfort that goes beyond sensitivity. Your dentist can examine your teeth and recommend the best course of action, such as a cap or extraction.
3. You are brushing too hard
Brushing your teeth with too much pressure could be wearing away the enamel. This will expose the inner layers of your teeth and cause them to become sensitive. Use a softer toothbrush and pay attention to how hard you are pressing while you brush. You should also switch to toothpaste made for sensitive teeth.
4. You have gum disease
Gum disease is an infection of the gums that can lead to tooth loss. If you have gum disease, you may notice your gums are red, swollen, and bleed easily. You might also have bad breath. Gum disease is caused by plaque, so be sure to brush and floss regularly.
5. You have teeth grinding
Teeth grinding (bruxism) is a condition that can occur during the day or at night. If you grind your teeth, you may not be aware of it because it happens while you are sleeping. Grinding teeth can lead to cracked teeth and sensitivity. If you think you might be grinding your teeth, ask your dentist for a mouthguard.
6. Erosion of Tooth Enamel
The most common is the erosion of the tooth enamel, which is the hard, outer layer of the teeth. Enamel can be worn away by acidic foods and drinks, brushing too hard, or grinding your teeth. Other causes include gum disease, cavities, cracked teeth, and exposed roots.
Again, tooth sensitivity is treatable. One of the best treatments is using toothpaste that is specifically made for sensitive teeth. If your sensitivity is extreme and persists no matter what steps you have taken to heal your teeth, take a trip to your dentist. An office visit can help decide the most likely because of your tooth sensitivity and your dentist can work with you to find the best solution for your situation.
No matter the cause of your tooth sensitivity, the first step in treating it is to consult your dentist. We can help you get to the bottom of what’s causing your sensitivity and come up with a treatment plan that works for you. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment.