Tooth Sensitivity

Tooth Sensitivity

Tooth sensitivity can happen to people of all ages. The primary cause of sensitivity occurs when the root of the tooth is exposed. Exposure happens when there has been a loss in the enamel or cementum that typically covers and protects the root. However, there are many other factors that can result in tooth sensitivity as well, these include but are not limited to: gum disease, cavities, and/or teeth that are cracked or chipped.

Factors Influencing the Risk of Tooth Hypersensitivity

  • Poor oral hygiene – causing gum recession to occur as well as gum disease
  • Utilizing too hard of a bristled toothbrush (resulting in brushing that is too harsh on gums)
  • Teeth grinding
  • Cracked teeth
  • Orthodontic tooth movement (i.e. braces)
  • A diet that is high in acidity (i.e. soda, juice, candy)

What to Do to Prevent and Reduce Tooth Hypersensitivity

  • Discuss with your dentist to detect the underlying cause of the sensitivity and receive the appropriate treatment
  • Use a soft bristled toothbrush
  • Use a fluoride sensitive toothpaste to strengthen tooth enamel and minimize painful sensations
  • Reducing acidity in the diet


The enamel acts as the first line of defense for our teeth. However, overtime our enamel experiences wear and tear when it encounters acidic foods from our diet – this results in enamel erosion. Without proper enamel protection, erosion can lead to:

  • Yellowing or discoloration of teeth
  • Change in shape of teeth (i.e. begins to look more concaved)
  • Teeth sensitivity
  • Increased risk of cavities