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Causes and treatments for sensitive teeth
25 May. 2021

Causes and treatments for sensitive teeth

causes and treatments for sensitive teeth

If brushing or flossing are harmful you, or if a taste of ice cream or some coffee is something painful, this means you have sensitive teeth.

Many people suffer from tooth sensitivity and it can start at any time. Reading this article you will find information about the causes of sensitive teeth, you will find some tips in order to reduce this kind of sensitivity and also some treatment solutions.

Causes of sensitive teeth

Our teeth are covered with a layer of enamel that protects the softer dentin underneath. If the dentine is exposed, this could cause dentin hypersensitivity. This happens in most of the cases because the enamel layer is much thinner, and the dentin loses its protective covering. Dentin contains microscopic tubules and when dentin loses its protective covering of enamel, these tubules allow heat and cold or sticky foods to reach the nerves and cells inside the tooth.

Causes of dentin hypersensitivity

  • Brushing too hard - If you brush too hard, use a hard-bristle toothbrush, you can wear down enamel and expose the dentin.
  • Tooth grinding - can cause the enamel of tooth to be worn away, making the teeth sensitive.
  • Tooth decay.
  • Gum disease - Plaque and tartar can cause the gum to recede down the tooth. If periodontal disease is left untreated, gum tissues can separate from the teeth. If the bone and other tooth-supporting tissues are destroyed, the root surfaces of teeth are exposed.
  • A cracked tooth
  • Acidic foods - Foods and drinks with a high acid content, like citrus fruits and pickles can wear down your enamel.
  • Tooth-whitening products - Some patients may have sensitivity for a short time during bleaching or afterwards.

Tips to reduce the teeth sensitivity

  • Brush twice a day, floss daily and rinse your mouth. Brush gently around gum line. Use a toothpaste for sensitive teeth.
  • Have acidic drinks or sugary foods not so often. Try to have them just with the meals.
  • Use a night guard if you grind your teeth.
  • Visit your dentist regularly, at least twice a year.


Depending on what causes your teeth sensitivity, the dentist may recommend you a variety of treatments:

  • Desensitizing toothpaste - It contains compounds that help block sensation traveling from the tooth surface to the nerve.
  • Fluoride gel - It is an in-office treatment which strengthens tooth enamel and reduces the transmissions of sensations.
  • A crown or a filling to correct a flaw or decay that results in sensitivity.
  • Root canal - If sensitivity is severe, your dentist may recommend you this treatment to eliminate the problem.

Teeth sensitivity is one of the most common complaints among dental patients. Proper oral hygiene is essential to preventing sensitive-tooth pain.

Ask Dr. Arhiri if you have any concerns about tooth sensitivity or if you need any dental treatments in Berwyn. 610.647.7611 is Premier Smiles’ phone number. We are here to help and support you with whenever is necessary.