5 Reasons Why Your Teeth Might be Sensitive

Whether you’re eating an ice cream cone, drinking a cold beverage, or even biting into a hot piece of food, you might notice a slight sting coming from your teeth. If you occasionally or constantly suffer from sensitive teeth, you’re not alone. Everyday Health states that there are nearly 40 million people who have some level of sensitivity in their teeth.

This sensation could go from a tingle to intense pain in an instant, so it’s important to understand why your teeth may be sensitive and what causes that reaction.

Here are five reasons why your teeth might be sensitive:

There’s a crack in your tooth.

If there’s a particular tooth that is giving you a sensitive feeling when drinking or eating, it could be due to a crack that has occurred. Although you might notice a broken tooth or a filling that has fallen out, a crack can happen without you knowing it — until it’s cracked enough to start causing pain. A crack can allow food and drink substance in, which could irritate the nerve in your tooth canal.

You have a cavity.

Another reason why one individual tooth might be giving you problems is that there could be a cavity. Although no one ever wants to get a cavity, a cavity can be a quick fix in most situations. Once we’ve addressed the tooth and confirmed that it is a cavity, we can repair it with a filling and get your tooth back to normal.

At Tru Family Dental, we can assess your tooth sensitivity and provide options to help repair a damaged tooth or soothe natural sensitivity.

Your enamel is diminishing.

Think of your enamel as a jacket you wear when it’s cold outside. Enamel is the hard substance on the outside of your tooth that protects it from getting infected or damaged. If your enamel starts to decay, it can cause irritation on your teeth. You can diminish your enamel by brushing too hard, eroding it with acidic foods and drinks, or by not taking care of your teeth.

You have poor dental health.

As stated above, not taking care of your teeth can cause them to become more sensitive and painful when chewing or drinking. It’s important to brush your teeth and floss regularly to clear your teeth of plaque and food debris. Otherwise, these items could wear down your enamel or cause an infection.

Your teeth might just be sensitive.

Everyone’s teeth are different. You might have good oral hygiene, but your teeth might still feel sensitive. But that doesn’t mean you have to live with the discomfort. At Tru Family Dental, we can assess your tooth sensitivity and provide options to help repair a damaged tooth or soothe natural sensitivity.

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