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Why are Teeth Sensitive?

The Truth Behind Sensitive Teeth


Do you ever cringe after biting into ice cream? Do you hesitate before drinking hot beverages? You are not alone. One of the most common complaints we get is about tooth sensitivity!

Teeth Are Sensitive When Nerves Are Exposed

The enamel is the outer protective layer covering each tooth. Over time the enamel can wear away to reveal the inner layer of the tooth which is known as dentin. This happens due to normal wear and tear, as well as poor oral hygiene and/or certain lifestyle choices.

Dentin consists of tubules filled with fluid that reach into the center of the tooth where the nerves are located. Sensitivity occurs due to the exposed nerves and worn away enamel.

Additionally, tooth sensitivity can also occur when the root of the tooth becomes exposed to drink, food, and air.

Try Desensitizing Toothpaste

Desensitizing toothpaste can really help the sensitiveness. It works by blocking the fluid-filled tubules in the dentin and protecting the nerves from exposure, essentially numbing your teeth so the sensitivity doesn’t register.

It’s important to remember that if you have sensitive teeth, the first person to see is your dentist. The sensitivity could be a sign of a larger problem involving more extensive treatment then the desensitizing toothpaste could provide.

Use These Tips To Avoid Sensitivity


The sensitivity can range from slightly annoying to extremely painful. To avoid tooth damage and sensitivity, try to follow these steps below:

  • Practice good oral hygiene. Tooth decay and gum disease are typical causes of tooth sensitivity. It’s also recommended to avoid any kind of tobacco use.
  • Gently brush your teeth. Don’t be aggressive when brushing your teeth! This could cause enamel erosion or gum recession.  Use a soft-bristled toothbrush; plaque is easier to get off than you think!
  • Protect your teeth. Clenching or grinding your teeth may require a nightguard provided by the dentist if you want to protect your teeth.
  • Eat a healthy diet. Sugar and carbohydrates should be consumed in moderation. Drink lots of water and consume things that are good for your teeth such as dairy products and veggies.

Don’t Put Up With Tooth Pain

No matter how much or how little the sensitivity bothers you, it’s our belief that no one should tolerate tooth pain. If you have sensitivity in your teeth, come and see us! We can find the root of the sensitivity and discover a way to treat it.

Thanks to our fabulous patients!

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.