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What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?

What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?

If you find yourself avoiding hot or cold things, you likely suffer from some form of tooth sensitivity. While many people just deal with this in their day to day lives, it may be worth it to get to the bottom of your condition. 40 million adults in the US alone experience tooth sensitivity. So, what exactly is causing this painful condition? It could be of a handful of things:

  • Worn out tooth enamel from either a hard brush or brushing far too aggressively
  • Tooth erosion caused by acidic food and drinks
  • Tooth decay or leaky fillings exposing the dentin of your teeth
  • Broken teeth exposing sensitive areas within your teeth
  • Gum recession leaving your root surface exposed


Dental Treatments for Sensitive Teeth

You don’t have to live with sensitive teeth. Consult a dentist about the issues you are experiencing, and after a few tests, they should be able to recommend treatment to either remove or treat tooth pain. Be sure to describe your symptoms as fully as possible so they can find the cause as quickly as they can.


Once they have determined the cause, your dentist will either fix the underlying issue or give you some sort of treatment for long-term tooth sensitivity.

Desensitizing Products

When it comes to products to treat sensitive teeth that have no underlying cause, there are quite a few options available:

  • Fluoride gels to strengthen tooth enamel
  • Special toothpaste for sensitive teeth
  • Rubbing specialty toothpaste directly onto the affected area

While solving the mystery behind what is causing your sensitive teeth may require some probing from a dentist, it’s well worth it to live a pain-free life.

If you experience tooth sensitivity, consider making an appointment with Highpoint Dental in Philadelphia.

What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?

Highpoint Dental Medicine features three of top Dentists in Bucks County under one roof. Brian Wilk, DMD is a top cosmetic dentist. Jill Zurek, DDS has been recognized by Philadelphia Magazine as a top Pediatric Dentist and Richard Titlebaum, DMD was named the top Endodontist. Call today at 215-822-1866. We treat Invisalign™ patients from Buckingham, Montgomeryville, Doylestown, Line Lexington, Upper Gwynedd, Lower Gwynedd, Lansdale, Horsham, Montgomery County, Bucks County and the surrounding communities.

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