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Causes of Teeth Sensitivity

Posted on 11/21/2022 by OM
Causes of Teeth SensitivityDo you feel a sharp pain when you consume hot products or cold items? If so, you are probably suffering from tooth sensitivity. Your teeth consist of multiple layers. Enamel, the outermost layer, protects the teeth. While the enamel is strong and hard, it can erode, exposing the dentin. Dentin is the sensitive part of the teeth. That's why you feel a sharp pain when you eat too hot or too cold food and beverages. Some causes of teeth sensitivity include:

Brushing Too Hard

Using a hard-bristled toothbrush or using too much force to brush your teeth can wear down your enamel and cause gum recession. This exposes the dentine and nerves, leading to pain and sensitivity. You can prevent this by adjusting your brushing techniques. Using a soft-bristled toothbrush can help in this case.

Teeth Grinding

The enamel can withstand wear and tear. However, if you grind your teeth more often, the enamel will wear down. This exposes the nerves, resulting in sensitivity. If you suffer from bruxism (teeth grinding), it is best to talk to your dentist about the habit. The professional may recommend a customized mouth guard to avoid damaging the teeth' enamel.

Whitening Toothpaste

Most teeth whitening options are effective and safe to use. However, you may experience temporary sensitivity after use. This occurs when the pores of your enamel open to allow the whitening agents to reach the dentin. The pores will then close after some time. Nevertheless, some teeth whitening options contain chemicals that can wear down the enamel, causing prolonged sensitivity. In this case, it is best to shift to professional teeth whitening.

Gum Diseases

Periodontal diseases can lead to receding gums. Pulling away the gums can expose the dentin tubules, leading to sensitivity. If you notice that your gums are pulling away from the teeth, it is good to consult a dentist as soon as possible. Are you experiencing teeth sensitivity? Our dentists will help to diagnose the root cause of the sensitivity.
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