Discover the Source of Sensitive Teeth
The trouble with tooth sensitivity is that its sudden, stinging sensations seem to strike without any warning. But this condition is incredibly common, with around 45 million Americans dealing with sensitive teeth. To understand this sensitive problem, you need to get to the root of it.
The Specifics About Sensitivity Sensations
Family dentistry specialists are often asked, “Why do my teeth hurt?” The answer is that you probably suffer from sensitive teeth. This is a very common condition that results when the protective enamel covering the tooth begins to erode. This enamel erosion exposes the underlying layer called dentin, which covers the tooth’s nerves and roots. It also strikes when your gums recede to the point that the tooth’s roots are exposed. Once your tooth loses its protective covering, you many experience extreme sensitivity while eating or drinking things that are cold, hot, sour, or sweet. Even breathing, brushing, and flossing can become very painful because all of these sensations stimulate the nerves inside of the tooth.
The Root of Tooth Sensitivity
There are many possible causes for your sensitive teeth, but only a family dentistry specialist can uncover the cause of your particular problem. Still, most cases of sensitivity stem from one of these issues:
- Harsh tooth brushing, which can recede enamel and leave the tooth’s roots exposed
- Using a hard-bristled toothbrush, which can wear down delicate enamel and irritate the gums
- Tooth decay
- Periodontal disease
- Cracked, chipped, or broken teeth
- Worn or broken fillings
- Eroded tooth enamel
- Grinding or clenching your teeth
- Frequently eating and drinking acidic foods and beverages
- Chewing tobacco or smoking
- Age, which can lead to tooth and gum erosion over time
When Dental Work Causes Sensitive Teeth
Did you know that caring for your teeth and gums could result in sensitive teeth? Some treatments designed to improve your smile can also make teeth more sensitive and leave you asking, “Why do my teeth hurt?” Such sensitivity can result from extensive dental work and frequent tooth whitening. While this sensitivity is only temporary, it’s best to discuss this possibility with your family dentistry specialist before proceeding with any dental work.
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