What Causes Sensitive Teeth And How To Care For Them

If you find yourself in situations where food and drinks that are too cold or too hot make your teeth uncomfortable or even cause pain, you probably have sensitive teeth. 

At Kildonan Crossing Dental Centre, we’ll help you diagnose and treat your tooth sensitivity. But what is it? 

Tooth sensitivity is when the tooth enamel, which is a protective layer of your tooth, wears out or gets damaged. When this layer erodes, the dentin, the second layer after the enamel, becomes exposed. When this happens, it leads to sensitivity that causes discomfort to your tooth, and in severe cases, a sharp pain.  

You may also experience teeth sensitivity when you brush your teeth, when you put pressure on your teeth, and when eating and drinking sweet and acidic food and drinks. 

What Causes Sensitive Teeth?

Teeth sensitivity is different for each person. Some may feel severe pain and discomfort, and others may only feel a temporary discomfort when eating cold foods like ice cream. 

Causes for sensitive teeth also varies depending on the person.

Here are some of the common causes of sensitive teeth:

  • Tooth enamel that is worn out from brushing too hard
  • Exposed tooth roots due to gum recession
  • Tooth decay (dental caries) and cavities
  • Chipped tooth and worn fillings
  • Gum disease that can either be gingivitis or the more severe periodontitis
  • Bruxism or grinding your teeth while sleeping

How To Prevent And Care For Sensitive Teeth?

Sensitive teeth prevention is not rocket science. 

Having sensitive teeth is preventable by practicing good oral hygiene. So, it’s extremely important to floss your teeth daily and brush your teeth twice a day. Brushing your teeth too hard or with the wrong toothbrush is not good for your teeth and gums so make sure you brush gently and use a soft bristled toothbrush. 

If you are already experiencing teeth sensitivity, visiting your dentist regularly is a must. 

When you schedule an appointment with your dentist at Kildonan Crossing Dental Centre, we will diagnose your current dental health condition and identify what causes your teeth sensitivity. Don’t forget to mention any discomfort or pain you’re experiencing, even if it’s not right at that moment. 

After taking a look, your dentist will provide a treatment plan for you. Treatment can vary depending on what causes the sensitivity. For less serious cases, your dentist may recommend a desensitizing toothpaste or a fluoride gel treatment to strengthen tooth enamel and decrease nerve sensations. 

It only takes two minutes to book an appointment with one of our friendly Winnipeg dentists at our clinic located in east Winnipeg. Request for an appointment today!