Causes & Treatments of Sensitive Teeth

Gray haired man holding his cheek due to tooth pain caused by sensitivity.

Sipping an ice-cold beverage or taking a bite into your favorite ice cream is pleasant until the cold temperature causes your teeth to hurt. This uncomfortable chill is common, but why? Here are some of the causes and treatments of sensitive teeth.

What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?

Sensitive teeth are generally a result of worn enamel. Tooth enamel is the hard, outer surface of the teeth that protect the tooth against decay. Below the enamel is the tooth’s dentin, which contains the small hollow tubes or canals that stimulate the nerves and cells inside the tooth. When the enamel is weak or worn, the nerves are more exposed. This is more likely to cause tooth sensitivity. Other factors that contribute to tooth sensitivity include:

  • Receding gums or gum disease
  • Consistent teeth grinding
  • Brushing with a hard-bristle toothbrush
  • Eating a high-sugar or acidic diet
  • Frequent teeth whitening
  • Treatments for Sensitive Teeth

    Fortunately, sensitive teeth are treatable with the help of dental professionals like our Hillstream Dental team! The type of treatment will be based on what is causing your sensitivity. Treatments can range from changing your oral hygiene routine at home to fluoride treatment to help strengthen the enamel. Toothpastes designed for sensitive teeth help some patients. We also check to see if there is a fracture or dental decay that is causing the sensitivity. In this case a dental crown may be needed to correct the problem.

    Preventing Tooth Sensitivity

    While treating sensitive teeth is possible, prevention is the best way to keep tooth sensitivity from occurring. Using a soft-bristle brush and daily brushing and flossing can protect your enamel from erosion. Opting for a mouthguard or nightguard to prevent grinding or fractures can also help protect your enamel.

    Schedule a Visit with Hillstream Dental

    At Hillstream Dental, we understand how uncomfortable tooth sensitivity can be. If you’re experiencing sudden tooth sensitivity or notice a change in your teeth, we encourage you to schedule a visit with our Rochester Hills or St. Clair Shores office. Let us help you get back to enjoying your ice-cold treats!

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