If you ever eat ice cream or drink some hot tea and experience sharp shooting pain in your teeth, you know what having sensitive teeth is like. Tooth sensitivity (also called ‘dentin hypersensitivity’) is a very common condition in which your teeth respond to hot and cold stimulation.
Tooth sensitivity can be temporary, and most people will experience some tooth sensitivity in their lives. The most common cause of teeth sensitivity is worn down enamel. This can happen if you brush too hard, or you eat a lot of sugary and acidic food that can eat through the enamel.
The most common triggers of sensitive teeth are:
Teeth sensitivity can also be caused by various gum disorders or broken/chipped teeth. Additionally, it is common to experience teeth sensitivity for a few days after having some dental procedure done, like getting a filling or teeth bleaching.
Some people’s teeth are naturally more sensitive than others because they just have thinner enamel. In some cases, teeth sensitivity is just temporary and will go away after a while. However, if you regularly experience moderate to painful teeth sensitivity, then there is likely a problem. Here are some common fixes to help mild-to-moderate teeth sensitivity:
If you are experiencing severe pain from sensitive teeth, there is likely a serious issue, and you should speak to your dentist for treatment options.