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The Causes of and Treatments for Teeth Sensitivity

by | Dec 21, 2020 | Blogs, Teeth Sensitivity

Tooth sensitivity is an incredibly annoying thing to deal with, causing pain and discomfort whenever you eat hot or cold foods. Whether it is a temporary or chronic problem, or affects one tooth or several, tooth sensitivity has a variety of causes that can be thankfully treated via changes to your everyday oral hygiene practices.

Sensitivity Symptoms
The pain or discomfort associated with teeth sensitivity is the result of a response to certain triggers. This pain is often felt around the roots of the affected teeth and can range from mild to intense, alongside symptoms coming and going without reason. The most common of these triggers include:

  • Hot and cold foods and beverages
  • Cold air
  • Sweet foods and beverages
  • Acidic foods and beverages
  • Cold water, especially during routine dental cleanings
  • Brushing or flossing teeth
  • Alcohol-based mouth rinses

Causes of Sensitive Teeth
Some people do have more naturally sensitive teeth due to thinner enamel, which is the tooth’s outer layer that protects it. This enamel can be worn down through many ways, including:

  • Brushing your teeth too hard
  • Using a hard toothbrush
  • Grinding your teeth at night
  • Regularly eating or drinking acidic foods and beverages

There are also a variety of health conditions that can result in teeth sensitivity. Gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) is one such condition, as it causes stomach acids to come up through the esophagus and wear on teeth over time. Other conditions that result in frequent vomiting, like gastroparesis, can also cause similar effects to GERD.

Dental issues like tooth decay, broken or chipped teeth, and worn-down crowns and fillings can result in exposed dentin, which also causes sensitivity. In this case, you will probably only feel sensitivity in one specific tooth or region.

Your teeth can also become temporarily sensitive as a result of dental procedures like fillings, crowns, or teeth bleaching. The sensitivity will largely be confined to the teeth targeted by the procedures and wear off after a few days.

Hillsborough Dental Centre is Scarborough’s dentist of choice. Our team is compassionate and strives to provide the highest quality of dentistry while making sure you are comfortable and in a friendly and fun environment. Book your appointment today on our website or call 416-289-7373 for more information.