Causes of Sensitive Teeth

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What is the cause of sensitive teeth? Sensitive teeth is not something that just occurs in random individuals, but rather has a reason as to why one person can have sensitive teeth while another person’s teeth are not sensitive.

There can be several reasons for increased tooth sensitivity, so your reason can be different from somebody else who has sensitive teeth as well.

Lucky, your question “what is the cause of sensitive teeth” will be answered if you read just a little further.

What is the Cause of Sensitive Teeth
One of the most common reasons for tooth sensitivity is caused by the gums receding, leaving the roots of your teeth exposed.

This causes the dentin – underlying layer – of your teeth to be exposed, which is extremely sensitive to certain things, such as coldness.

The dentin is not covered by enamel, so they really don’t have any protection against the various things that enter your mouth. As a result, you feel pain that is caused by this exposure.

Cracked or Broken Teeth
Having broken or cracked teeth can also cause tooth sensitivity. Just like with the exposed dentin, this leaves part of your tooth exposed beyond the hard enamel.

If you don’t get this taken care of, your teeth will remain sensitive and will continually cause you pain.

Over-brushing and Excessive Whitening
Often, brushing too hard can cause you to wear down the enamel on your teeth, which increases the sensitivity in your teeth.

There are also certain types of toothpaste that can do this to your teeth.

For example, many whitening toothpastes actually wear down the enamel on your teeth, even though it makes them appear white.

My teeth are sensitive to hot foodWhat Can You Do For Your Sensitive Teeth
The first thing that you should do whenever you have a dental problem is visit our dental office or your dentist.

It is our job to fix whatever problems you may be having with your teeth or gums for you.

While, in certain cases, it may be impossible to fix your sensitive teeth due to the nature of the dental problem, nearly every patient that we see that has sensitive teeth we are actually able to fix the problem.

For example, if you have a broken tooth you can get a crown that will cover the exposed area, preventing the sensitivity that you feel.

Avoid Sensitive Teeth
While it can be impossible to avoid it sometimes, it helps to have good dental hygiene.

This not only requires you to brush after each meal, but you should use a soft-bristled toothbrush as well as desensitizing toothpaste.

Schedule a consultation with us today if you have additional questions about your tooth sensitivity.

Treatment varies according to the severity of the problem however; waiting only makes the matter worse. We are here to help you, give us a call right now.

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