Why are your teeth sensitive?

Why are your teeth sensitive?

Do you get that frustrating sharp, throbbing, lighting sensation of pain whenever you sip on your morning coffee? How about when you bite into refreshing ice cream during a hot summer day? That pain is a sign of sensitive teeth. So what makes them sensitive? Here are some culprits of sensitive teeth.


It’s true you can overuse mouthwash. Rinsing several times per day can develop sensitive teeth. Many mouthwashes contain acids that make sensitive teeth even worse. Talk to your dentist about suggesting a mouthwash that contains neutral fluoride.

Acidic Foods

Eating too many acidic foods can create symptoms of sensitive teeth. Fruit juices, tomatoes and other acidic food on the enamel of the teeth will start eroding. When the enamel gets thinner, more of the dentin becomes exposed and cause sensitivity.

Don’t over-eat acidic foods and makes sure you rinse your mouth with water after consuming these foods. You can also neutralize the acids in your mouth by consuming a piece of cheese after meals.

Bruxism, Teeth Grinding 

Bruxism, or grinding and clenching of teeth, destroys the natural structure of your teeth. Over time, your teeth will become sensitive. This sort of damage to your teeth can create large dental problems, but one of the first signs is tooth sensitive.

Gum Recession

Gum recession is often one of the reasons people develop sensitive teeth. The roots of your teeth are nicely protected by gum tissue, but when the gums recede the root become exposed and cause sensitivity.

If you have gum recession problems, talk to your dentists about these problems. Check your teeth often and if you notice spaces forming between teeth or you teeth have become more sensitive you may have gum disease in its incipient phase.

Recent dental work

Short-term tooth sensitive can also be caused by recent dental work. Crowns, implants or veneers may create tooth sensitive. Don’t’ worry because these are just temporary side effects of receiving dental work. However, if your dental work continues to be sensitive check back with your dentist.


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