Do your teeth feel sensitive whenever you’re drinking or eating something hot or cold? Maybe just breathing in cold air makes it painful? Then it’s possible that you have tooth sensitivity.
What causes Tooth Sensitivity?
Well, first of all, “tooth sensitivity” is something of a misnomer because the source of the pain is actually in the root of the tooth. The correct terms to use are “dentin hypersensitivity” or “root sensitivity”.
At any case, this happens when the dentin—the layer under the tooth’s enamel and it makes up most of the tooth—around the root areas of the tooth is exposed. This can happen because of receded gums or because of eroded tooth enamel.
Overenthusiastic brushing or brushing your teeth too hard or with the wrong kind of toothbrush can cause your enamel to break down. That’s why you shouldn’t use too much pressure when you brush your teeth and opt for a toothbrush with soft bristles.
Tooth sensitivity is very common—the same goes for receded gums—and it can actually come and go over time.
Consult Your Dentist
One of the main problems with tooth sensitivity is that it makes brushing your teeth a painful task. Because of this, you may not be able to brush your teeth properly due to the pain. This can lead to increased risks of tooth decay and further gum diseases.
Because of this, it is very important that you consult with your dentist with regards to your tooth sensitivity. Not only will you be able to determine the cause of your tooth sensitivity, it may be possible that the cause of the pain isn’t tooth sensitivity at all.
After all, pain due to hot or cold food and drinks can be caused by a cavity in your tooth. And the best way to determine is to go to your dentist to see. Especially if the cause is something far more serious than tooth sensitivity or a cavity.
If you have tooth sensitivity, we suggest that you book an appointment with A & A Dental Clinic Commercial Drive Vancouver by calling 604-255-4001. Your dentist will help determine the best way to treat your tooth sensitivity.