8 Causes of Sensitive Teeth

Do you wince when you eat ice cream? Does drinking hot coffee cause you discomfort? Are your teeth sensitive when you brush or floss? You may be suffering from tooth sensitivity. But what causes your teeth to be sensitive? Here are some of the more popular reasons you may be experiencing pain from your sensitive teeth.

  1. You brush too vigorously.

Did you know that you can actually brush your teeth too hard? You can. If you brush too hard or use a toothbrush with extremely hard bristles, you can wear away the enamel on your teeth. A soft-bristled toothbrush is recommended, and you don’t need to use excessive force when brushing.

  1. You grind your teeth.

You may not even know that you grind your teeth unless your someone tells you that you do. Teeth grinding can lead to sensitivity.

  1. You eat acidic foods.

Acidic foods can also erode away your tooth enamel. Citrus juices, tomato sauce, and sports drinks are all highly acidic and may increase your sensitivity.

  1. You have gum disease.

Gum disease is extremely common among adults and another cause of tooth sensitivity. Often caused by poor dental hygiene habits, it is evidenced by:

  • Bleeding gums while brushing
  • Red, swollen, or tender gums
  • Bad breath
  • Receding gums
  • Formation of deep pockets between teeth and gums
  • Loose or shifting teeth
  • Changes in the way teeth fit together upon biting down, or in the fit of partial dentures. 
  1. You have had a dental procedure.

If you’ve recently had a dental procedure, such as a crown or root canal, you may experience increased sensitivity. Often the sensitivity will go away quickly, but if not, you should seek help from your dentist.

  1. You have a cavity.

An untreated cavity may lead to tooth sensitivity.

  1. You have a cracked tooth.

If you have a cracked tooth, you may have nerves exposed which can also make your teeth sensitive.

  1. You have receding gums.

As with a cracked tooth, receding gums may leave the roots of your teeth exposed. This can cause differing degrees of sensitivity.

Most causes of tooth sensitivity can be treated. If you are experiencing sensitivity, be sure to speak with your dentist. He may be able to quickly diagnose the issue and help reduce the sensitivity you are experiencing.