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Why Is My Tooth Sensitive?

Tooth sensitivity is a common dental problem that causes discomfort or pain in the teeth when they are exposed to certain stimuli, such as hot or cold temperatures, sweet or sour foods, or pressure. People with sensitive teeth may experience a sharp, sudden pain or a more generalized discomfort in the affected teeth or gums. In this blog, you will learn the cause of teeth sensitivity and how to get rid of them.

Reasons why your teeth are sensitive:

Tooth decay

Tooth decay or cavities can cause sensitivity if they reach the inner layers of the tooth, where the nerves are located.

Gum recession

When the gums recede, the tooth roots may become exposed, which can lead to sensitivity.

Enamel erosion

Enamel erosion can be caused by acid erosion from foods and drinks, or by brushing too hard, which can wear away the protective outer layer of the tooth, exposing the sensitive dentin underneath.

Grinding or clenching

Teeth grinding or clenching can put pressure on the teeth and cause sensitivity.

Teeth whitening

Some people may experience temporary sensitivity after using teeth whitening products, which can irritate the nerves in the teeth.

Dental procedures

Some dental procedures, such as fillings or crowns, may cause sensitivity if the tooth nerve becomes irritated during the procedure.

If you are experiencing tooth sensitivity, it’s important to talk to your dentist, who can determine the underlying cause and recommend appropriate treatment. In some cases, treatment may involve using desensitizing toothpaste, avoiding certain foods and drinks, or undergoing dental procedures to address the underlying issue. Practicing good oral hygiene can also help prevent tooth sensitivity, read our blog here to know more.

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