Why Are My Teeth So Sensitive?

Do you experience pain in your teeth when you take ice-cream or coffee?  You are most likely suffering from sensitive teeth. Tooth sensitivity is one of the leading causes of visits to the dentist in the US.

Tooth sensitivity happens when tubes normally found in the dentin the layer below the enamel, are exposed. Exposure of these tubes to hot and cold foods, drinks and cold air cause irritation to the tubes' nerve endings, hence the pain.

Tooth sensitivity is a result of worn enamel or receded gums. What is the underlying cause of tooth sensitivity?

Abrasive Toothpastes

Teeth whitening and tartar control agents often contain abrasive ingredients that increase tooth sensitivity.

Some Foods

Acidic foods and some soft drinks, candy, erode the tooth enamel, causing tooth sensitivity

Aggressive Brushing

Aggressive brushing, coupled with the use of a hard toothbrush will expose your enamel and cause sensitivity.

Tooth Disease

A wide variety of tooth and gum disease can make your teeth sensitive. Tooth decay can cause the root enamel to be eroded, leading to sensitivity. Periodontal disease, or gum disease, can also cause your gums to recede and expose the tooth roots. That can be very painful when pressure is applied to the area. A cavity, an abscess or a loose filling may also make your teeth sensitive.

It is important to see your dentist for a proper diagnosis so that you can get the right treatment.

Grinding of Teeth

This subconscious habit wears down the tooth enamel. Your dentist will fit you with a mouth guard

Plaque Build-up

A build-up of plaque can erode your enamel and leave it exposed. Good oral hygiene including regular brushing and flossing should solve the problem. You are also advised to visit your dentist every six months to have the plaque removed.


Some mouthwashes contain chemicals that are harmful to your teeth. It's best to avoid them if you can.

Dental Procedure

Your teeth can become extra sensitive after a dental procedure such as a root canal, a tooth extraction or the installation of a crown. If the pain persists, see your dentist for a review.

Tooth sensitivity is a symptom of many conditions ranging from eating acidic foods, aggressive brushing, dental disease and procedures and the dental products you use. The treatment will depend on the diagnosis. Once your dentist has identified the root cause of the problem, he will be able to advise you on the right treatment.

Contact a dental office like Bradley T Piotrowski DDS MSD LLC for more information and assistance.