Why are my teeth sensitive?

Why do my teeth hurt with cold or hot foods, and drinks? They’re just really sensitive!

Why are my teeth sensitive?

Have you ever taken a big gulp of ice tea, or maybe it was hot coffee, and it set off crazy pain in some of your teeth? Sometimes, just simply bushing or flossing your teeth can be difficult due to sensitivity. Having sensitive teeth is not all that uncommon, and in this article we will look at some of the causes.

  • Tooth Decay – If you have fillings, over time they can weaken and cause leaking around the edges. This allows bacteria to accumulate, which leads to a build up of acid, and enamel breakdown. Under the enamel you will find microscopic canals that lead to the nerve of the tooth. Without the protective enamel layer, teeth are left vulnerable.
  • Brushing too hard – If you are using a hard bristled tooth brush like a handsaw, stop it! This will also lead to enamel breakdown.
  • Too Much Plaque – The purpose of flossing and brushing is to remove plaque build up. Again, this is another cause of enamel breakdown. It is important to visit a dentist regularly for cleanings.
  • Receding Gums – Receding gums will increase with age and lack of dental care. As a gum line recedes, it exposes some of the tooth that isn’t covered with enamel. Another pattern where enamel is involved!
  • Toothpaste & Mouthwash – Some toothpastes, especially those designed for tooth whitening, have various chemicals that people can be sensitive to.

You probably saw on this list the importance of tooth enamel, and how it protects the teeth. There are various causes for sensitive teeth, so be sure to consult with your dentist. If you have any concerns about your oral health, or are looking for a dentist in Edmond, contact Dr. Ballinger’s office to schedule an appointment!