Why Teeth Get Sensitive

It’s estimated that 1 in 3 Americans suffer from sensitive teeth—a condition in which all their teeth hurt.  If your teeth hurt when drinking coffee or eating ice cream, Dr. Bryan Dunlap was in studio to get to the root of your sensitive teeth issue and how to make the pain go away.
1. Why Teeth Get Sensitive  
The most common reason our teeth feel pain is decay or cavities.  Those symptoms are pretty easy to pinpoint and usually don’t involve more than a few teeth at a time.  But if you feel sharp pain in all your teeth when they’re exposed to hot or cold liquids or foods, when you brush or when you breathe cold air, that’s a condition called dentine sensitivity. 

2. Dentin Thinning, Bruxism, Cracked Teeth
 A substance called dentin is underneath your teeth’s enamel, and dentin triggers a pain response when the enamel wears thin.  Some other causes of sensitive teeth: bruxism, or grinding your teeth; acidic drinks like lemonade or soda pop; using a hard bristled toothbrush; a receding gum line; and fractured or cracked teeth. It’s a serious problem, and left untreated can lead to tooth loss.

3. Treatment for Sensitive Teeth  
There is hope!  Specially formulated toothpastes can help repair sensitized areas.  Using soft toothbrushes also helps keep your enamel in place.  Your dentist can administer a fluoride gel treatment that can reduce sensitivity.  Crowns, inlays or bonding are also options for people with sensitive teeth.  Consult with your dentist if your teeth are overly sensitive and stop the pain.

For information on taking care of you mouth check out Dr. Dunlap's website.

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