Why are my teeth so sensitive when I brush them or drink something cold?
If you have sensitive teeth, it could be for the following reasons:
- Your tooth enamel has become worn down. This can be because you are using a hard-bristled toothbrush or brushing too aggressively.
- Your teeth might be eroded from foods and beverages that are high in acid.
- You might have a cavity, a broken tooth, or an old filling that is leaking, all of which can expose the dentin portion of the tooth.
- Your gums have receded and your tooth root is exposed.
- You might be grinding your teeth at night.
If you have recently had dental work done, such as a filling or crown, or you have undergone teeth whitening, this can cause sensitivity although it is usually temporary.
What You Can Do
You can decrease tooth sensitivity by protecting your enamel. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and make sure you are not brushing too hard. There are several desensitizing toothpastes on the market that can also help decrease sensitivity. We can also provide a fluoride treatment or application of a desensitizing agent after cleaning to help.
Talk to Dr. Yuchen Sheng if your teeth are sensitive, and we can work with you to come up with a solution.
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