Have you ever experienced toothaches from hot, cold, or sugary foods? This is likely because you have sensitive teeth. Mild to sharp tooth pains while eating or drinking often have something to do with how sensitive your teeth may be to the temperature or texture of the food or beverage. While sensitivity normally causes short bursts of pain or discomfort, it is possible to tooth sensitivity to cause chronic, long lasting pains as well. So what exactly causes this sort of sensitivity? Here are 3 common causes of tooth sensitivity to look out for.

Tooth-whitening Toothpaste

Some teeth are naturally sensitive to the whitening chemicals in certain toothpastes. This is because the whitening agent in toothpaste often lies on the surface of your teeth for extended periods of time, and this may cause discomfort. While most discomfort from whitening toothpaste is fairly minor and does not cause serious pain, the level of sensitivity to this toothpaste can vary from person to person. If you experience mild to severe levels of discomfort from whitening toothpaste, please consider switching to a toothpaste that is right for you. If the sensitivity continues after switching to a different toothpaste, then there is likely another cause of the discomfort.

Teeth Grinding

Teeth grinding is one of the many ways stress can effect your oral health. Because constant grinding breaks down your teeth and its enamel, it can expose the dentin, or middle-layer of your tooth. When the dentin comes into contact with extreme temperatures or rough textures like sugary, crunchy, or chewy foods, this can cause pain. Luckily, there is a solution to teeth grinding. If you constantly grind your teeth, speak with a dentist at Sugarland Dental Spa in the Houston, Texas area about a custom mouth guard. Because most grinding happens while sleeping, wearing a mouth guard while you sleep can protect your teeth from further harm.

Cracked teeth

Grinding your teeth can also increase your chances of getting a cracked tooth, which in turn will make that tooth more sensitive. The pain caused from a cracked tooth is normally much more intense than other causes of sensitivity. A cracked tooth can trigger a jolt of intense pain when that tooth is used to chew, or is being brushed. Despite these pains, a cracked tooth can often go unnoticed, as it is not always easily visible. It is important to visit a dentist every six months, because a dentist can discover a cracked tooth and use restorative dental treatments to treat the tooth.

How to treat sensitive teeth

There are specialized toothpastes and mouthwashes that can be used to help treat minor sensitivity. For more severe cases of sensitive teeth, it is recommended to visit a dental professional. If you are experiencing pains or discomfort from tooth sensitivity, please visit the Sugarland Dental Spa, located just outside of Houston, Texas. To Schedule and appointment with one of our dental professionals, give us a call at (281) 549-5177, or contact us online!