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Causes of Sensitive Teeth and How to Manage Symptoms


Sensitive teeth can cause sharp, shooting pain when you eat or drink hot, cold, sweet or sour substances. In some cases, even inhaling cold air can trigger the discomfort. Pain from tooth sensitivity may be sudden and severe. It can interfere with normal eating, and make social situations a challenge. Sensitive teeth result when the layer of dentin that lies beneath your tooth enamel is exposed. Dentin is made up from many small tubules that lead to nerve endings; dentin exposure can occur when enamel is damaged or thins. It may also result from gum recession.

10 Common Causes of Sensitive Teeth

You can’t avoid all the causes of sensitive teeth, but some contributing factors can be controlled. Here are the ten most common causes of tooth sensitivity:

  1. Cracked or chipped teeth
  2. Gum disease
  3. Harsh brushing
  4. Consumption of highly acidic foods or drinks
  5. Teeth grinding
  6. Plaque on tooth roots
  7. Teeth-whitening products
  8. Long-term mouthwash use
  9. Gum recession and thinning enamel that’s age-related
  10. Recent dental work

Practice Proper Dental Care for Teeth Sensitivity

Here are a few effective home dental care tips to help you deal with painful symptoms of sensitive teeth:

  • Maintain good dental care by brushing and flossing thoroughly and regularly.
  • Brush with a soft-bristled toothbrush.
  • When brushing around your gum line, be gentle.
  • Prevent nighttime teeth grinding by wearing a mouth guard.
  • Use toothpaste developed for treating tooth sensitivity.
  • Avoid eating acidic foods and beverages, or limit your consumption.
  • Visit your dentist regularly for exams and professional dental cleanings.

Your dentist may be able to help if conservative measures don’t manage your symptoms. Dentin sealers, dental bonding, or varnishes applied to root surfaces can reduce some of the causes of sensitive teeth and relieve your pain.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Columbia, call Dental One Associates of Columbia today at (410) 346-2350 or make an appointment.

Dental One Associates offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Columbia. With 12 affiliated practices throughout Maryland, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Dental One Associates of Columbia, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Dental One Associates of Columbia.

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