Why Are My Teeth So Sensitive?

Tooth sensitivity occurs when gums pull back leaving the surface beneath the gums called the dentin exposed.  This area under the gums is connected to the pulp or nerve center.  When this area is exposed to hot or cold foods you’re likely to feel discomfort or pain.

COMMON CAUSES FOR TOOTH SENSITIVITY:

STEPS THAT CAN REDUCE TOOTH SENSITIVITY:

  • – Brush and floss regularly and use proper technique
  • – Use a soft-bristled brush and be gentle on your gums
  • – Use a toothpaste made for sensitive teeth
  • – Avoid acidic foods and drinks
  • – Use a mouth guard at night to prevent grinding your teeth
  • – Get regular in-office cleanings at least every 6 months

Talk to the dentist about your teeth sensitivity and discomfort level, especially if steps you have taken to relieve the pain have not been successful.  There are other procedures that she may recommend that can help.