Reasons for Teeth Sensitivity

Blonde woman cringes in pain and touches her cheek due to sensitive teeth

Do you suffer from sensitive teeth? While sometimes the sensation is merely annoying, it usually is quite painful! Eating or drinking certain things, like ice cream or hot coffee, can cause discomfort and even a bit of anxiety.

In this blog post, we discuss a few common reasons behind teeth sensitivity.

Thin Enamel

Thin tooth enamel is the most common reason for teeth sensitivity. Enamel is the hard, outer layer of your tooth that is supposed to protect the sensitive inner portion of your tooth. Although it is very strong, enamel isn’t invincible. Enamel can wear down over time due to a variety of factors, such as a diet high in acidic foods and drinks, poor oral hygiene, brushing too hard or using a hard-bristled toothbrush, or chronic teeth grinding. When enamel thins, the sensitive nerves inside your teeth can be painfully stimulated by pressure and extreme temperatures.

Gum Disease

Gum disease is another common reason for sensitive teeth. It develops when bacteria accumulate on your gums and teeth into a sticky film called plaque. The first stage of gum disease, gingivitis, causes inflamed and tender gum tissue. Irritated gums pull away from the teeth, creating pockets that expose the sensitive roots of your teeth to painful stimuli.

Cracks or Chips

When you crack or chip a tooth, the integrity of the tooth is compromised. This is considered a dental emergency because your tooth can easily break even more or get infected. If you’re feeling sudden sensitivity, please seek emergency care as soon as possible.

Treatment for Sensitive Teeth at Sullivan Family Dentistry

If you have teeth sensitivity, Dr. Sullivan and our team can help reduce your discomfort. We can provide tips on strengthening and protecting your enamel; deep clean your gumline, and repair any cracks or chips. To schedule an appointment at Sullivan Family Dental, your family dentist in Westwood, KS, contact us today!