What Causes Tooth Sensitivity

Have you ever taken a sip of a cold drink and felt a shooting pain in one of your teeth after? This all too familiar mold of teeth and gumsfeeling is caused by tooth sensitivity. Typically, this is caused by when your gums pull back and leave the surface beneath them uncovered. However there are a few other factors that can cause tooth sensitivity.

Clenching or Grinding Teeth – Do you notice that you clench your teeth or grind them while you’re asleep? Over time this wears down the teeth’s enamel, exposing the surface beneath them. Brushing your teeth too hard or using a hard bristled tooth brush can cause similar problems. Special mouth guards or changing your toothbrush can prevent this type of exposure.

Tooth Decay or Damage – Are your teeth chipped? Having broken teeth can expose the nerve to bacteria, causing inflammation. If the tooth has decayed, it can cause sensitivity near the gum line. Be sure to get broken teeth or teeth you think may be decaying looked at as soon as possible by your dentist.

Gum Disease or Plaque – Gingivitis, aka Gum Disease, inflames gums and pulls them back, causing the surface beneath to become exposed. Plaque can also cause sensitivity when it is found on the roots of your teeth. Again, visiting your dentist can help prevent and treat these causes.

If you still experience sensitivity in your teeth, be sure to visit your dentist and talk to him about options for treatment. Park Slope Dentistry offers a highly knowledgeable team of dentists in Brooklyn, NY ready to help you treat tooth sensitivity.  There are many ways to control tooth sensitivity so you can get back to enjoying the foods you love and living comfortably!