Why Are My Teeth Sensitive? | Newtown Square Family Dentistry

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Tooth sensitivity can be a nuisance, causing pain when consuming something hot or cold. This sensitivity occurs because something has caused the tooth's enamel to wear down or gums to recede, exposing tiny microscopic tubes that are located beneath the layer of enamel. If you are experiencing tooth sensitivity we recommend making an appointment with Dr. Bellisario by calling 610-642-7024 to assure that it is not related to tooth decay or a cavity.

Having sensitive teeth is a  common condition, affecting over 45 million individuals in the U.S. at some point in their life. Luckily, sensitive teeth is something that is easily treatable. If your sensitive teeth aren't a result of gum disease, a recent dental procedure, excessive plaque or decay then it may be caused by:

  • Brushing too vigorously - If you are too rough on your teeth when brushing, or use a hard-bristled brush, you can wear down the root surface of the tooth.
  • Using the wrong toothpaste - Toothpaste that contains sodium pyrophosphate such as whitening toothpastes and tarter control toothpastes may increase sensitivity. Use a toothpaste that is specially designed for sensitive teeth.
  • Eating acidic food - Sensitive teeth can be further aggravated by consuming foods and beverages that have high acidity to them. Acidity can also cause pain to nerves that may be exposed.

If you have tooth sensitivity that is persistent the best thing to do is to get an evaluation to determine the cause in order to find out what the best possible treatment option may be for you. To make an appointment, contact our Newtown Square family dentistry practice at 610-642-7024 today!