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Tooth Sensitivity

A woman holding the side of her mouth in pain

Tooth sensitivity causes pain in one or more teeth, especially when the teeth are exposed to hot and cold temperatures, sugary foods or drinks, and even by breathing cool air. The pain caused by tooth sensitivity may feel sharp and sudden.

Causes of Tooth Sensitivity

Below are a few common causes of tooth sensitivity:

  • Gum disease or gingivitis
  • Tooth decay along the gum line
  • Overuse of tooth whitening products.
  • Gum recession, which can expose the root surfaces of the teeth
  • Cracked or chipped teeth, which may be vulnerable to infection
  • Clenching or grinding the teeth when sleeping or undergoing stress
  • Regularly exposing your teeth to acidic food or drinks
  • Brushing too vigorously, which can cause the tooth enamel to wear down

Tooth sensitivity can cause pain, frustration, and the avoidance of properly caring for your teeth due to the pain. Fortunately, there are ways that sensitive teeth can be managed.

Treating Sensitive Teeth

Below are a few great ways to try keeping your sensitive teeth under control:

  • Use toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth
  • Use a fluoride mouthwash, which can decrease sensitivity
  • Continue to take good care of your teeth, even if it’s uncomfortable
  • Use a toothbrush with soft bristles, or one made for sensitive teeth
  • Keep a food journal and track which foods are triggering your tooth sensitivity
  • Wear a nightguard when you sleep if you believe you grind or clench your teeth while sleeping

Here at Endodontic Specialists, we hope you are staying healthy and safe! To learn more about root canal therapy, please contact one of our offices, located in Colorado Springs, and Pueblo, Colorado!

Posted on Jun 22, 2020



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