We’ve all been there – you take a sip of your hot tea or a bite of ice cream, and pain shoots through your teeth. It can be annoying, but what does it mean if you have sensitive teeth? Is it something you should see your dentist about?
What Causes Sensitive Teeth?
You may notice that your teeth aren’t just sensitive to hot and cold. Sweets, acidic foods, and mouthwash containing alcohol can also cause tooth pain. Even breathing in air that is too cold through your mouth can be painful! Teeth that are often sensitive can indicate that you do have a serious problem.
Here are some things that can cause sensitive teeth:
- A lack of enamel. Some people are just born with only a thin layer of enamel, the protective outer layer, on their teeth.
- Brushing habits. Brushing your teeth too aggressively or using a toothbrush with bristles that are too hard can result in sensitivity.
- Your diet. You may eat or drink too many acidic foods and beverages. Your diet might also contribute to acid reflux, which causes acid to come up from the stomach and esophagus, which can damage teeth.
- Your oral health. You may have tooth decay, worn down fillings, or broken teeth. Receding gums is another potential cause of sensitivity.
- Bruxism. Grinding your teeth can do all kinds of damage to teeth, which can make them sensitive.
What Can You Do About Sensitive Teeth?
You should visit your dentist as soon as you can if your teeth are painful and sensitive. If your sensitivity is caused by a problem such as tooth decay or tooth damage, these should be treated right away to avoid even more serious issues. If your teeth are sensitive for other reasons, your dentist may suggest using a special toothpaste or mouthwash or may have some tips for you on how to brush more gently.
Having teeth that are so sensitive that you can’t enjoy your favorite food or drinks is no way to go through life! Schedule an appointment today at Avenue Dental for help. Call the office in Ypsilanti, Michigan, at (734) 484-4710, today!