Why Do My Teeth Hurt?

Friday, September 25th, 2015, 9:53 pm

When people complain that their teeth hurt, they usually aren’t talking about one tooth aching, they are talking about tooth sensitivity.

How do you know if you have sensitive teeth? Trust me, you would know. Sensitive teeth react to heat or cold. and even sweets. Hot coffee, ice water and sometimes even breathing in on a cold day cause immediate pain. This pain happens because the dentin, a soft layer that makes up the inner part of the tooth and roots is exposed. The dentin has thousands of tiny tubes that lead to the nerve center of the tooth (the pulp). These channels allow the trigger — for example, the hot, cold, or sweet food — to reach the nerve in your tooth, which results in the pain you feel.

What causes teeth to become sensitive? Usually because the enamel has become damaged or the root of the tooth has been exposed. These things occur because of:

  • Brushing too hard or using a hard bristle brush. This wears away tooth enamel.
  • Gum disease causes the gums to pull away from the teeth exposing tooth roots.
  • Tooth whitening product overuse – more is not always better.
  • Drinking too much soda, energy drinks or sports drinks. All have high levels of sugar and acids — a bad combination for tooth enamel.
  • Tooth grinding.
  • Dental work can make teeth sensitive but the good news is that this type of sensitivity will clear up over time.

What can you do to feel better with sensitive teeth?

  • Brush and floss regularly with a soft bristle brush. Brush gently, don’t scrub!
  • Use a toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth.
  • Watch what you eat and drink – avoid food and drink that is very acidic.
  • Use fluoride products to products such as mouth rinses.
  • Don’t grind your teeth – if you do ask your dentist about a bite guard to protect your teeth and jaw.
  • Talk to your dentist about your sensitivity.

Sensitive teeth can be a real “pain” but the discomfort can be managed. Please contact Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA today at 706-391-8777 to schedule your visit.

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