Have your teeth begun to experience sharp and sudden pain? If so, you will want to look into it.
Here are some questions you can ask yourself to start with.
Are you chewing ice? You may want to stop this. Chewing ice can wear down or crack your enamel, the protective layer over your teeth.
Are you consuming lots of juices, citrus, or other acidic foods? These are also hard on your enamel.
Have you had your teeth whitened lately? Sometimes you will experience temporary sensitivity after a whitening, but if you do it too often or use harsh products, you can increase tooth sensitivity.
How hard are you brushing your teeth? If you use a toothbrush with very stiff bristles and use a lot of force in your brushing, this can cause your teeth to become sensitive. It can also cause your gums to recede and expose root and nerve to painful stimuli. Consider switching to a softer-bristled brush. Electric toothbrushes are also great.
Do you have a cavity? Even a small amount of decay can expose dentin beneath the enamel. A filling or a crown may solve this problem.
Have you had dental work recently? Some people will experience sensitivity post-procedure for a few weeks. If the sensitivity persists, however, you should check in with your dentist.
Do you have a sinus infection? Pressure from swelling, infected sinuses can cause tooth pain. This will go away when your infection is cleared up.
Tooth sensitivity is caused when dentin, the layer beneath the enamel, is exposed to heat or cold. With the enamel gone or damaged, nerves inside your teeth have nothing to protect them.
Studies have shown that about 1 in 8 people will experience tooth sensitivity, so it is a fairly common issue. It can affect people of all ages. Those with receding gums are very prone to it, because the root and nerves become exposed. Your teeth may also have cracks, where bacteria love to grow and lead to an infection.
It’s a good idea to see your dentist as soon as possible if one of your teeth or a part of your mouth becomes unexpectedly sensitive.