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Causes of Sensitive Teeth

March 9, 2020
Posted By: Orchards Dental
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Sensitive teeth are becoming an increasingly common issue and can be a nuisance when trying to enjoy certain types of food. Common cause for dental sensitivity is

  • Cavities
  • Tooth decay
  • Fractures
  • Worn enamel
  • Worn-down fillings
  • Gum recession and exposed roots
  • Post-treatment sensitivity

If you are dealing with any of the above issues, then it is a good time to give Orchards Dental a call.

Signs that you are dealing with sensitive teeth include pain when hot or cold food and drink causes pain or if it hurts when you brush or floss your teeth.

Why are my teeth sensitive?

Your teeth become sensitive as your nerve endings become exposed to outer influences. Your enamel covers the crown of your teeth while a layer of cementum covers your tooth roots, which are below the gum line. Cementum is less dense than enamel and beneath both is another hard tissue layer called dentin. Exposed dentin is caused by loss of enamel and cementum which leads to exposed nerve endings which make your teeth sensitive to hot or cold foods.

The most common cause for tooth decay is lack of proper care for your teeth and not visiting your local South Edmonton dentist on a regular basis. How you brush your teeth wears down your enamel in terms of effort applied and toothbrush type. Eating and drinking highly acidic foods and grinding your teeth can all lead to your enamel eroding.


What do I do if I have sensitive teeth?

There are many different causes why you could be dealing with sensitive teeth and the best way to find the problem is to book an appointment with Dr. Dennis Anithottam or Dr. Merry Anithottam, our South Edmonton Dentists. If you are finding it painful to have certain types of food and liquids, you should visit Orchards Dental immediately. When visiting your dentist, it is important to notify how severe the pain is and how long you have been dealing with it. This information helps the dentist diagnose and fix your sensitivity problem.

Depending on the sensitivity problem you face there are different ways to treat them. These include

  • Fixing/replacing a filling
  • Fixing/replacing the crown
  • Bonding
  • Gum grafts to replace lost tissue – referral to a Periodontist

These are all in-office ways of treatment and you should never fully self-treat yourself. There are desensitizing toothpastes available which dull the nerve endings and reduce pain.

How to prevent sensitive teeth

There are many tried-and-trusted methods to treat tooth sensitivity, but prevention is still the best method. There are a few things you can do to prevent sensitivity

  • Regular dental appointments
  • Fluoride treatment
  • Cut down on acidic foods and soft drinks
  • Avoid hard-bristled toothbrushes and don’t push too hard when brushing your teeth
  • Use a mouth guard at night if you grind your teeth while sleeping

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If you are dealing with sensitive teeth then schedule an appointment with Orchards Dental today!