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What Does It Mean If I Have Sensitive Teeth?

Posted on 2/15/2024 by Weo Admin
Smiling woman grinding her teeth. You might have been told that you have sensitive teeth, but do you know what it means? Depending on the severity, sensitive teeth can be a minor inconvenience or a major problem. Whether you have teeth that ache a bit when it is cold or teeth that are extremely painful, there are some solutions for sensitive teeth.

Sensitive Teeth Symptoms

If you are worried you might have sensitive teeth, here are some symptoms to watch out for. One of the most common symptoms of sensitive teeth is pain in your teeth when you ingest foods that are excessively hot or cold. Some people with sensitive teeth also report pain when they eat or drink acidic or sweet foods, such as orange juice. Even breathing in excessively cold air can cause tooth pain.

It is easy to distinguish tooth sensitivity from tooth pain from other sources, such as cavities. While tooth pain from an abscess or a cavity will continue to hurt whether you are eating and drinking or not, the pain from sensitive teeth ends as soon as you stop eating or drinking.

Why Are My Teeth Sensitive?

Your teeth can be sensitive for many reasons. Your teeth may become more sensitive as you age because adults lose tooth enamel through normal wear and tear as they get older. There may be a genetic component to sensitive teeth as well; if you have family members who have sensitive teeth, you are more likely to have sensitive teeth as well.

People can develop sensitive teeth due to tooth decay and gum disease as well. Cavities bore a hole in the enamel of your teeth, which exposes nerves in your teeth and makes them more sensitive. Gum disease can expose nerves close to your teeth and make them sensitive.

What Can I Do?

There are solutions for people with sensitive teeth. Companies have developed toothpaste to both rebuild tooth enamel and make the nerves less sensitive to hot and cold foods. Also, have one of our dentists take a look at your teeth and suggest fixes for your sensitive teeth so you will not be in pain every time you sip that cup of coffee.

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