Tooth Sensitivity: What You Need to Know

If you have ever eaten or drank anything hot or cold and you cringe, then you are experiencing a form of tooth sensitivity. Millions of Americans suffer from tooth sensitivity each day, due to cold, sweets, etc. Learning more about tooth sensitivity can help you to find the right solution for your personal needs.


When you have sensitive teeth, the issue can occur on a regular basis or come and go. Usually, the issue is due to exposed dentin within the root area of the teeth. This exposure can be caused by receded gums or gum disease. When the root is exposed, the nerves are affected by hot or cold, which causes the sensitivity.

Erosion of the gums can be caused by a variety of issues such as an acidic diet, abrasive toothpaste, hard brushing, bulimia, dry mouth, excessive teeth whitening or grinding of the teeth. Thankfully, there are options for treatment, to ensure your teeth feel better and avoid any issues with sensitivity.


Whenever you experience sensitivity, it is important to speak to your dentist. Talk about how your teeth are affected. This could be due to hot or cold drinks, sweet foods or drinks or acidic items. Any tooth decay or cavities will need to be ruled out firsts. You may need to try a desensitizing toothpaste or one with fluoride to help the issue.

If you have a severe case of sensitivity, the dentist may recommend a root canal, filling or other treatment. Dietary changes can also be beneficial. Eliminating soda with high sugar content, fruit juice and alcohol can help teeth sensitivity. Quality oral health care is also essential, including brushing and flossing plus regular cleanings.

At Winn Family Dental, tooth sensitivity can be treated. Schedule an appointment today to remedy your sensitivity issues.