What Causes Sensitive Teeth?

Sensitivity of your teeth can cause sharp pain and discomfort when triggered by certain things. Some of these triggers include hot or cold food and drinks, air passing through your teeth when breathing through your mouth, acidic foods, brushing or flossing, and using mouthwash. While these things can trigger the pain or discomfort associated with sensitive teeth, they are typically not the root cause. In this article, we’ll talk about some of the more serious oral health problems that can cause tooth sensitivity!

Tooth Decay & Cavities

One of the most common causes of tooth sensitivity is decay or cavities. Decaying teeth typically do not present any obvious symptoms early on, but as it progresses, the weakened teeth may start to become sensitive to hot, cold, and acidic foods. If you have noticed increasing discomfort in a particular tooth while eating or drinking, there is a good chance that you may be developing a cavity, and you should see your dentist as soon as possible!

Exposed Nerves

Another common cause of tooth sensitivity is an exposed nerve. Exposed nerves in your teeth can cause them to become extremely sensitive to all of the triggering factors mentioned above. Nerves in your teeth can be exposed when your enamel has worn down or if you have had dental trauma. If you believe that an exposed nerve is the cause of your sensitive teeth, you should consult a dentist right away.

Gum Disease

An early sign of gum disease is sensitivity in the teeth. As gum disease causes your gums to recede, the newly exposed sections of your teeth can be extremely sensitive to hot, cold, acidic, and sweet foods. Gum disease, also known as gingivitis or periodontitis in its advanced stages, is typically caused by poor oral hygiene. If you have noticed receding gums or believe you have gum disease, you should see your dentist for treatment before the symptoms worsen!

Contact Gentle Dental Maine!

If you have any questions about teeth sensitivity or treatments for the problem, please don’t hesitate to contact our team at Gentle Dental Maine! With offices in South Portland, Biddeford, and Topsham, we provide the Southern Maine region with general, cosmetic, restorative, and emergency dental care! Give us a call at any one of our offices, or if you’re not yet a patient with us, please fill out the new patient form on our website!