10 Reasons You Have Sensitive Teeth (And Why You Should See Us Right Away)

Tooth sensitivity will most likely affect anyone at one point in their lives. Here at our Wheeling dental practice, complaints of extreme sensitivity to hot, cold, sweet, or sour foods is not uncommon.

By and large, sensitive teeth has to do with loss of enamel (the outermost covering of your teeth) which in turn exposes the dentin (a softer and more porous part of the tooth which contains tubules connecting to the nerve endings). However, there are various reasons why the enamel may be worn out, consequently exposing your dentin and increasing nerve ending stimulation.

Below are 10 possible reasons why you’re experiencing sensitive teeth due to enamel loss:

1. Poor oral hygiene habits resulting to accumulation of too much tartar and plaque.
2. Presence of gum disease such as swelling and inflammation.
3. Gum recession (the gums tend to shrink back exposing the tooth roots) due to gum disease.
4. Over brushing and/or use of highly abrasive toothpaste/mouthwashes.
5. Presence of tooth decay.
6. Persistent tooth grinding, particularly at nighttime.
7. Tooth erosion brought about by a highly acidic diet.
8. You just had a dental procedure done such as placement of fillings, crowns, or dental cleanings.
9. You are currently using an at-home whitening treatment.
10. Your existing fillings are weakened or fractured around its edges.

If you’ve been suffering from sensitive teeth for a while now, we encourage you to get in touch with us as sensitive teeth may just be a sign of a more serious problem. Dr. Wylie and the rest of the team caters to residents of Wheeling and the neighboring Ohio Valley region.

Call us at 304-845-2480 to schedule a personal consultation. You can also opt to fill out this contact form. We look forward to providing you with the smile you rightfully deserved!


Posted in: Preventive Dentistry, Sensitive Teeth

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