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Why are my teeth sensitive?

Sensitive teeth can often be attributed to worn tooth enamel or exposed tooth roots. However, various other factors may also contribute to tooth discomfort, including cavities, cracked or chipped teeth,...

Tooth sensitivity is a common dental problem that causes discomfort or pain in the teeth when they are exposed to certain stimuli, such as hot or cold temperatures, sweet or sour foods, or pressure. People with sensitive teeth may experience a sharp, sudden pain or a more generalized discomfort in the affected teeth or gums. In this blog, you will learn what tooth sensitivity is, what causes it, what can you do about it.

What is tooth sensitivity?

If you get a short, sharp, painful sensation in your teeth when you bite into an ice cream, take a sip of an icy drink or slurp a mouthful of hot soup, chances are you have sensitive teeth.
Tooth sensitivity is an exaggerated response to stimuli such as hot, cold, sweet or acidic foods and drinks, exposure to cold air and even brushing your teeth.

Reasons why your teeth are sensitve.

A range of factors can lead to tooth sensitivity, tooth sensitivity can be caused by anything that exposes dentin, either by removing enamel or gum recession. This can include:

  • Brushing your teeth too hard
  • Clenching or grinding your teeth
  • Frequently consuming highly acidic foods and drinks
  • Frequently using teeth-whitening products
  • Natural gum recession or gum recession related to gum disease
  • New or existing tooth damage, such as a fracture, tooth decay or a worn filling
  • Deficiency in some nutrients like vitamin D

How to help treat sensitive teeth?

It is possible to ease the pain of sore, sensitive teeth so they are less troublesome and easy to manage. 

  1. Brush your teeth properly

    Proper teeth brushing technique is important. Brushing too hard can actually remove enamel. So it’s important to not brush too aggressively. Dentists even recommend using an electric toothbrush with the soft-bristled, brush gently in small circles and avoid brushing directly side to side. You can also buy toothpaste that’s specially made for people with sensitive teeth. These toothpastes often include fluoride, as well as ingredients that lessen sensitivity when used regularly.
  2. Avoid acidic foods

    Frequent consumption of acidic foods (such as from citrus, wine, vinegar and carbonated drinks) can reduce tooth enamel and lead to dentin exposure, causing tooth sensitivity.


Proper oral hygiene is the key to preventing sensitive-tooth pain. Ask your dentist if you have any questions about your daily oral hygiene routine or concerns about tooth sensitivity.



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