Why are my teeth sensitive?Tooth sensitivity is very common: more than 40 million adults in the US experience sensitive teeth at some time or another.* Sensitive teeth are caused by nerve irritation deep in the tooth in a layer of tissue called dentin, which is found beneath the hard outer enamel. This problem most commonly occurs when you have worn tooth enamel or your gums have receded. Consuming large quantities of acid-containing foods or drinks (citrus juices, soft drinks, acidic fruits, wine, etc.); suffering from bulimia or severe acid reflux; certain medications; brushing too hard with hard-bristled brushes; and simple poor dental hygiene all can be reasons why enamel and/or gums get damaged, causing tooth sensitivity.
In addition, with virtually any dental procedure—implants, extractions, whitening, and others—sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks is a potential side effect. After a procedure like this, you may notice temporary sensitivity to certain sweet foods, air, or extreme temperature.
Warning: Sometimes tooth sensitivity is caused by an underlying problem such as a cavity or abscess. If you have sensitivity in any tooth or teeth for more than a week—and you haven't had any dental work done—please give us a call so we can diagnose the cause of your sensitivity. If you have had an extraction or other oral surgery, please let us know if your sensitivity lasts for more than two weeks.
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