Why are my teeth sensitive?

istock 1155257536 Summer is finally upon us, and it is time to enjoy some summer treats! However, it is hard to enjoy your favorite ice cream if every time you take a bite pain shoots through your teeth. Why do teeth get sensitive? And should you be worried about it? Is this something your dentist can help you with? Here are some facts about tooth sensitivity. 

Why do teeth get sensitive?

Teeth sensitivity can result when tooth enamel is worn down, when tooth roots are exposed, or when you have a cavity. It can also be a sign of gum disease or the result of grinding your teeth. Because the causes of sensitive teeth can be serious and the problem will only get worse, it is best to see your dentist for help. 

What can you do about sensitive teeth?

Of course, your dentist will be able to diagnose the problems with your teeth and treat them. Until your appointment, though, even if your teeth are sensitive when you brush them, don’t stop brushing them twice a day, or you may end up with even more oral health problems. Use a toothbrush with soft bristles, brush gently, and don’t forget to floss.  

There are many over-the-counter toothpastes available for sensitive teeth, and your dentist will be able to recommend one to you. Other treatment options include fluoride treatments or applying a bonding resin to any exposed roots. If your tooth roots are too exposed because your gums are receding, your dentist may recommend a gum grafting procedure. In a gum graft, tissue is taken from another part of the mouth, such as the upper palate, and grafted over the exposed roots. If your teeth are sensitive because you grind your teeth, your dentist may recommend that you start using a mouth guard.  

During the summer, sensitive teeth may interfere with your nightly bowl of ice cream, but sensitivity can strike at any time throughout the year, no matter what you are doing or snacking on. For help with sensitive teeth, call the Konig Center for Cosmetic and Comprehensive Dentistry in Houston, Texas, for an appointment. Call (713) 668-2289 today!

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