Why are My Teeth Sensitive?

Is drinking your morning coffee causing you pain? How about eating ice cream; is it uncomfortable? You may be suffering from tooth sensitivity. When your tooth is sensitive, it can really affect your eating and drinking habits. It can mean you avoid certain foods and beverages altogether.   

But the good news is that it doesn’t have to be this way. Let’s find out more about the causes of tooth sensitivity and how Furniss Family Dentistry may be able to help you.

Causes of Teeth Sensitivity

If your teeth are sensitive, you will often feel discomfort or pain with hot or cold food and beverages. You might also experience the same discomfort when you’re consuming acidic foods or sweet beverages. It can be mild or you may experience severe pain.

There can be a few causes of tooth sensitivity. It can be due to thin tooth enamel that has been worn down over time. This could be by brushing too hard or erosion because of acidic food and drinks. Old fillings and crowns that expose the dentin of the tooth won’t help. You may also grind your teeth at night and have worn them down or have other contributing conditions, such as gastroesophageal reflux (GERD).

How to Avoid Sensitivity

There are some at-home treatments you can try to temporarily relieve the discomfort that you are in. For example, there are desensitizing products you can buy like toothpaste and there are soft toothbrushes. Making a conscious effort to brush your teeth more gently may help too. This means using gentle strokes, avoiding scrubbing and scratching at the gums.

You can also avoid triggers until you have arranged an appointment with a dentist. This includes avoiding carbonated drinks and acidic foods, as well as anything too hot or cold. Drinking water can be a good way to balance out acid levels.

When Should I See a Dentist?

Sometimes, despite all your best efforts, you’ll need to visit the dentist with severe tooth sensitivity. Not all at-home treatments will work if your tooth is sensitive and it’s best to see an experienced dentist if you’re worried or the discomfort is getting worse.

It may be the case that this pain will only stop when a cavity is fixed or a filling is replaced. Even a soft tissue graft can help with gum recession. In severe cases, a root canal can be successful in eradicating tooth sensitivity. If you’re experiencing tooth sensitivity, don’t suffer. Instead, contact Furniss Family Dentistry to get to the root of the problem.