What causes sensitive teeth to hurt?
That sharp shock, jolt, or even minor twinge of pain you feel may be caused by these common triggers below:
- Cold foods or drinks
- Breathing in cold air
- Hot foods or drinks
- Sugary foods
- Sour foods
- Brushing your teeth
Are sensitive teeth common?
Yes. As many as 2 in 3 people may experience dentine hypersensitivity/tooth sensitivity.
Can overbrushing cause sensitive teeth?
Yes, brushing too hard or too frequently can contribute to gum recession and/or enamel wear, which, over time, can expose the inner layer of your tooth, known as dentine, and can lead to sensitive teeth. Brush your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush.
Are sensitive teeth a sign of a more serious dental problem?
There are many different causes of tooth pain other than tooth sensitivity. For example, a cracked tooth or a cavity (tooth decay). If you are feeling any tooth pain or discomfort, the best thing you can do is visit your dentist and seek professional advice.