Why Do I Have Sensitive Teeth?

Why Do I Have Sensitive Teeth?

Sensitive teeth can be frustrating and enigmatic. What could cause this phenomenon, and is there a way to avoid it? If you have sensitive teeth, addressing one of these causes may help you to manage your tooth sensitivity.

Brushing Too Hard

Brushing with harder bristles can wear away at enamel, causing or exacerbating any sensitivity. Brushing too hard can also impact your tooth sensitivity. One way to address this issue is to get a soft bristled brush, and brush in short gentle strokes, systematically going over each portion of the mouth for a total of 2 minutes brushing. Brushing thoroughly, flossing, and mouthwash are some ways to clean your mouth well without putting extra pressure on your teeth.

Forming Cavity or Worn Enamel?

Worn enamel can cause tooth sensitivity, so can a cavity. If you are sensitive to temperature, or food content, such as acid or sugar, contacting your dentist to set an appointment may be your best bet if you have sensitive teeth. This way your dentist may be able to help pinpoint the problem, whether it is a forming cavity, or something else.

Treatments and Cleanings

Treatments such as tooth whitening can make teeth sensitive directly following them. If you have tooth sensitivity that doesn’t go away after a cleaning, or a whitening treatment, contact your dentist to determine if there is something else at work.

Gum Disease

Gum disease has an impact on more than just your gums. If it is advanced enough to cause teeth to feel loose, or sensitive, due to the change in the gum tissue. Gum disease is very common in most adults, so if you have been treated for gum disease and you still have sensitive teeth, it can be wise to communicate with your dentist so that you can work together to determine the source of the tooth sensitivity.

Call our Mesa Dental Office to make an appointment with a dentist who may be able to help you find out more about this topic, and improve your oral health.