What Causes Sensitive Teeth and How to Stop It

Do you avoid drinking ice cold drinks because of your teeth? Do frozen deserts cause you to shudder from the jolt of pain they cause in your mouth. If sensitive teeth inhabit your life like these or other ways, something has to change…

Here, we’ll explore some common triggers for tooth sensitivity and some strategies you can implement to make it stop.

Common Causes of Sensitive Teeth

According to clinical research, about 15% of all Americans have some level of tooth sensitivity. Women tend to experience this problem more than men. The age range most affected are people from 20 to 50, and the canine teeth are the most to experience sensitivity.

Tooth sensitivity is a sharp pain responding to some external stimulus like cold drinks. It generally leaves as quickly as it comes.

Here are some common causes of this discomfort:

  • Gum recession
  • Acid dissolution causing enamel loss
  • Commercial whitening procedures or products

Exposed roots are hands down the most common cause of tooth sensitivity, and this condition is caused by receding gums. Unlike enamel, tooth roots are covered with cementum, which is almost as hard as enamel. Once these roots are exposed, the teeth will become more susceptible to sensitivity and discomfort.

What Causes Receding Gums?

There are multiple causes for receding gums, including periodontal disease, brushing too hard, poor dental care, fluctuating hormones, tobacco products, grinding teeth, or a misaligned bite.

Receding Gum Treatments

A mild gum recession can be resolved with:

A Professional Deep Cleaning

During this cleaning, tartar and plaque are removed and the exposed root areas will smooth over. Afterward, it is more difficult for bacteria to attach themselves. Antibiotics may also be included in this treatment to kill any remaining bacteria.

Oral Surgery

A deep cleaning may not be enough to treat the issue because of deep pockets or excess bone loss. If this is the case, oral surgery may be necessary. A gum graft may also be employed to protect the exposed tooth from harmful bacteria.

Good Oral Hygiene

You’ll likely want to brush gently and avoid commercial whitening products that may have harmful chemicals. Good oral health also means getting regular checkups with your dentist.

An Overnight Mouthguard

If necessary, you may want to train yourself not to clench or grind your teeth. An overnight mouthguard is a fantastic product that prevents this action while you sleep.

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If you need more information about your sensitive teeth or are concerned with your overall dental health, contact us today and schedule a checkup!