What Makes Your Teeth Sensitive?

fairfield dentist | fairfield dental artsDoes sipping on a cold glass of water make your teeth ache? Sensitive teeth can be frustrating — but you’re not alone! Just about 40 million adults also suffer from tooth sensitivity, according to the Academy of General Dentistry. But what is it that causes your teeth to be so sensitive to hot and cold temperatures?

Why Your Teeth are Sensitive:

  • Your enamel is worn. If you brush too aggressively, you may be wearing off the enamel on your teeth. This leaves your teeth without a protective barrier and more prone to sensitivity.
  • You drink a lot of acidic foods. Foods and drinks that are very acidic can also erode the enamel on your teeth. Drink plenty of water and cut back on coffee, tea and other acidic beverages.
  • You have gum recession. When your gums recede, they expose the surface of your tooth roots. Make sure that you are brushing with a soft bristle and encouraging healthy gums.
  • You grind your teeth during the night. Do you grind your teeth at night? This can wear down the surface of your teeth and again, damage your tooth enamel. We can provide you with night guards that help prevent damage while you’re asleep.

If you are experiencing any tooth sensitivity or you have questions about how to better care for your smile, don’t hesitate to reach out to our office. We are here to help you keep your teeth beautiful and healthy!

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