What Causes Sensitive Teeth and How Can I Treat Them?

What Causes Sensitive Teeth and How Can I Treat Them?


Found beneath the hard enamel of the teeth is the inner pulp where tiny tubes in the dentin are located. When fluid within moves, the nerve gets irritated causing tooth sensitivity. This happens when the said tiny tubes are way too exposed because of receding gums and hot or cold food or drink touches the surface. In such cases, eating ice cream or a hot chocolate drink can no longer be as enjoyable.


What causes tooth sensitivity and is it common?

Some food and beverages contain too much acid and any amount in excess takes its toll on your teeth. If you suffer from conditions like bulimia or acid reflux, you might also experience tooth sensitivity because the acid they produce tend to stay in your mouth and cause enamel erosion. In the United States alone, millions of people suffer from tooth sensitivity.

The common symptoms include…

  • short but sharp experiences of pain when eating or drinking hot or cold food or beverage
  • an ache following a short exposure of teeth to cold air
  • soreness on the affected area when brushing teeth
The following conditions could also lead to sensitive teeth:

Teeth grinding

Grinding and clenching of teeth could erode tooth enamel causing the core layer of your teeth to be exposed.

Grinding and clenching of teeth could erode tooth enamel causing the core layer of your teeth to be exposed.

Gum disease

Gum disease known as gingivitis could cause the dentine root surface to show and cause sensitivity.

Brushing too hard

While you are advised to brush frequently, doing it too hard or using a toothbrush with hard bristles could damage your gums and cause dentine exposure leading to tooth sensitivity.

Some dental products

Dental products such as those with teeth whitening ingredients or tartar control may cause sensitive teeth to those already prone to the condition.

If the cause is too much consumption of acid-rich foods and drinks, it’s high time for you to minimize intake if not completely avoid them. You can use a desensitizing toothpaste to help reduce the attacks and use a gum-friendly toothbrush.
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How is tooth sensitivity treated?

If you suffer from sensitive teeth that won’t go away even if you cut down on intake of food and drink rich in acid, it may be appropriate to see your dentist. Your dental expert knows and has the range of treatments fit for your case. This may include the application of sealants, fluoride, filling materials (where needed) and other desensitizing procedure to protect your teeth and stop you from suffering from teeth sensitivity. Your dentist may also prescribe a special kind of fluoride gel or toothpaste with fluoride, potassium nitrate or strontium chloride for added protection.

Keep in mind that some dental conditions may be similar in their symptoms. What you have may be an underlying cavity or abscess and is causing your teeth to be sensitive, showing symptoms that are similar. If the situation persists to bother you causing you further agony, have a professional see you.

Call Dr. Tsur-Tsar today to schedule an appointment in our West Palm Beach Dental office Ph: (561) 855-4703 to start treating your sensitive teeth.

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