14 Feb What Are the Causes of Sensitive Teeth?
Did you know that according to the Academy of General Dentistry, up to 40 million people in the United States report experiencing some type of tooth sensitivity? Despite being the hardest substance in our bodies, our teeth enamel is still prone to damage. For some, the discomfort caused by tooth sensitivity may start to interfere with their daily lives. In any case, it is time to consult with a professional dentist to remedy the solution.
In this article, we’ll be discussing what causes sensitive teeth and how to make your own homemade remedies.
Have you ever eaten or drank something, and felt a sharp jolt of pain from your teeth? This temporary jolt of pain – regardless of duration – may have been caused by the pain going straight into the tooth’s nerve endings, causing the discomfort. This discomfort can also occur whenever your teeth or body are exposed to extreme temperatures. For example, exposing your teeth to freezing temperatures or going for a sauna.
Whether it was triggered by something you consumed, or because of exposure to external elements, the sharp pain that accompanies tooth sensitivity is not something you should just brush off. In a way, it is your body’s way of telling you its limits.
However, it is when the tooth sensitivity lingers that you should really consider consulting with a doctor. Because this may be a precursor to an underlying issue.
Causes of Tooth Sensitivity
In terms of causes, the most common cause of tooth sensitivity is when our tooth enamel gets worn down and exposes the more sensitive dentin layer underneath. In a normal healthy tooth, the soft dentin layer is protected by the hard-external enamel.
The dentin is connected to a network of nerves that are sensitive to changes in the environment, whether that be temperature, acid from your food, or other chemicals that pass through our mouth.
Our enamels can degrade over time, exposing the sensitive dentin layer and increasing the sensitivity of your teeth. Other factors that can expose the dentin include aggressively brushing our teeth, gum recession, long term use of alcohol-based mouthwash, cracked teeth, and many others.
With that said, it’s also worth noting that our teeth are just as unique as our fingerprints, meaning that everyone will have a different level of tolerance for sensitivity. What’s sensitive to your teeth may not be the same for others. It depends on how thick and thin your enamel is.
If you’re experiencing tooth sensitivity causing prolonged discomfort, it would be wise to schedule an appointment with the dentist to identify the problem and find a proper remedy.