Most Common Causes for Tooth Sensitivity

Most Common Causes for Tooth Sensitivity

February 22, 2022

When you eat or drink hot or cold foods and beverages, do you occasionally find yourself surprised by tooth sensitivity? Or maybe you get a similar sensation when you step out into the brisk air and breathe in. In either case, the sensation can be surprising, alarming, and uncomfortable all at the same time.

If you’re wondering what causes tooth sensitivity so you can learn how to avoid it or how to treat it if you’re already experiencing it, here’s some insightful information. If you have continued questions after reading this, we invite you to make an appointment with Dr. Salmanpour at Little Canada Dental to learn more about what can be done to reduce your dental concern.

Ask Yourself These Questions

Although a dental examination is required to determine the exact cause of your tooth sensitivity, a “yes” answer to any of the following questions can be a good indication of the origin of your concern:

  • Have you recently used over-the-counter teeth whitening products?
  • Do you grind your teeth or clench your jaw when stressed or when you’re sleeping?
  • Has it been more than a year since your last dental exam and professional teeth cleaning?
  • Have you been told (or do you suspect) that you have a cracked tooth?
  • Are you using a toothbrush that may be too hard-bristled?
  • Do you believe that your gums are receding or that you have early signs of gum disease?
  • Have you been over-using a mouthwash that may contain acids that can erode the dentin layer of your teeth?
  • Do you tend to eat acidic foods or drink acidic beverages?
  • Have you recently had a dental procedure performed, such as a crown replacement or deep root cleaning?

Although the above questions point to the most common causes of tooth sensitivity, other factors can contribute to the discomfort. As mentioned, a dental exam is the only way to diagnose the cause of your concern fully.

Ready to Learn More?

Rather than continuing to wonder what may be contributing to your tooth sensitivity or wondering whether you’re using the right toothbrush, toothpaste, and mouthwash, we invite you to make an appointment today with Dr. Salmanpour at Little Canada Dental to learn more.

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