A General Dentist Shares Common Causes of Tooth Sensitivity

Posted on: May 2, 2019

If you have sensitive teeth, you should schedule an appointment with a general dentist. Various reasons can cause sensitivity, and they can help you find the likely cause. Treatment options often include in-office and at-home care. There is no reason to live with tooth pain. Keep reading to learn how this issue can be treated.

Common causes of tooth sensitivity

Oral pain prevents you from enjoying your life. It makes it difficult for you to enjoy certain foods and drinks. Even breathing in cold air can send a sharp pain through your teeth. This pain can be managed if you identify what causes it. Below is a list of common sources of tooth sensitivity.

Worn down tooth enamel

The wearing down of a tooth’s enamel exposes the dentin. Tooth sensitivity occurs because the dentin is connected to nerves. These nerves generate pain signals to let your body know that something is wrong. In this case, the enamel is thin or worn down. Enamel is the hardest substance in the body. When it wears down, your teeth are at risk of harm.

Exposed tooth roots

When a tooth’s roots are exposed, they are at risk of damage. Bacteria can enter the roots and cause an infection. This sensitivity often feels like a general toothache. A root canal may reduce or eliminate this pain.

Broken fillings

A filling seals a damaged tooth from further harm. If it breaks, bacteria can enter this void and infect the tooth. This will cause pain until the dentist treats it.

Cracked teeth

A crack in the tooth can reach down to the root, causing sensitivity. You may need a crown or other treatment to save the tooth. A bad crack can be so severe that tooth extraction is the only option.

Gum disease

Patients who are diagnosed with gum disease will experience receding gums unless they take quick action. Receding gums expose a tooth’s root, causing sensitivity and an increased risk of infection.


Normal wear and tear come with age and can lead to sensitive teeth. Dry mouth is also common among adult dental patients.

Brushing the teeth too hard

It is possible to brush your teeth too hard. This force will wear down the enamel on the teeth. It can also lead to gum recession. Try to gently brush the teeth in small circular motions to prevent damage to the teeth and gums.

Using whitening or bleaching products too often

The process of whitening or bleaching your teeth will make the teeth sensitive for up to 24 hours. Having some pain is normal. Brushing your teeth with fluoride toothpaste may reduce some sensitivity. Otherwise, you will have to wait for it to subside. If it does not go away within a few days, call your dentist.

Do you have sensitive teeth?

Looking over the list above, do you think one of these issues is affecting you? A general dentist can help manage your tooth sensitivity by treating the cause. Call our office to schedule a visit with a general dentist to reduce your tooth pain.

Request an appointment here: https://www.drnormanknowles.com or call Art of Smiles – Norman D. Knowles, D.M.D. at (772) 778-0954 for an appointment in our Vero Beach office.

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