What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?

You may have areas on your teeth that are more sensitive than others. This sensitivity can be brought on by cold, hot, sweet or sour food or drinks and it may also come and go over time. This sensitivity can be caused by several different reasons, including:

  • Recession (root exposure)
  • Dentin hypersensitivity
  • Tooth decay
  • Grinding/clenching
  • Acid Reflux (erosion)
  • Aggressive brushing habits

What Treatments Are Available For Sensitive Teeth?

At your appointment, we will discuss with you what the possible causes of your sensitivity may be, and help you find ways to combat your tooth sensitivity. Some ways we do that include applying fluoride varnish or other desensitizers to specific areas of your teeth, suggesting changes to your diet, modifying your dental home care, and ruling out caries (cavities), grinding/clenching or acid reflux.

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