Overcoming your Tooth Sensitivity – Tips & Causes

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Depiction of the pain caused by sensitive teeth.

A patient with Tooth Sensitivity!

The cold weather is here and perhaps your teeth have noticed this as well?  Teeth Sensitivity can have an impact on our diets, quality of life, disrupt our daily routines and drive us sick with worry.

Sbenati Dentistry is here to help you determine why your teeth are sensitive?  How you can comfortably live with tooth sensitivity?  What is causing your tooth sensitivity and how to treat your condition?  So you can go back to enjoying a delicious chocolate bar without yelling OUCH!

What is tooth sensitivity?

Tooth sensitivity is an unexpected pain or discomfort when consuming hot or cold food and drinks, or breathing cold air through your mouth.  It’s the feeling when you get a short, sharp sensation in your teeth when anything cold hits your teeth or when you eat sweet or acidic foods and drinks.  Even brushing your teeth can cause sensitive teeth.  The range of discomfort can be mild or severe, sometimes in all your teeth and at other times It’s limited to a single tooth or area of your mouth.

How are your teeth structured and what does each tooth consist of?  Understanding the parts of the tooth that anchor the tooth into your jaw is valuable to know so you can understand how the nerve signals pass from the tooth root to your brain.

How to live with tooth sensitivity?

In a study conducted in the US on adults 25 and older, 4 out of 10 people were found to be living with the type of tooth sensitivity resulting from exposed dentin, typically caused by overbrushing.  If you have sensitive teeth make sure you’re not brushing too hard as it can cause abrasion to your teeth and gums while wearing down your tooth enamel.  This exposes the next layer of your tooth and causes gum recession.  To avoid further damage to your teeth; brush properly with a soft toothbrush, floss regularly to help your gums stay healthy, reduce gum recession, and dentin exposure to keep your oral health in great shape.

Sensitive Teeth Causes and Treatment!

If you think your teeth are more sensitive in the winter you’re not going crazy.  It can be caused by tooth decay, exposed dentin, upset tooth nerves, teeth grinding, or a fresh dental filling.  It’s likely to be caused by the outer coverings of a tooth’s structure being compromised by wear, decay, or gum recession.  It’s best to get a dental exam to determine the exact cause of this issue.

If you’re without cavities or tooth damage but still have sensitivity you can get relief by using a toothpaste equipped to deal with sensitive teeth issues.  Sensodyne branded kinds of toothpaste have fluoride in them and can have a majour impact on relieving sensitivity.  Sensodyne was created to help relieve and protect against tooth sensitivity and is dentist recommended to fight against sensitive teeth.  It creates a barrier over the sensitive areas of your teeth, soothing the nerves inside your teeth, and ultimately offers long-lasting sensitivity protection if used consistently twice per day.  Another cause of tooth sensitivity occurs from attempting to use home Teeth Whitening in London Ontario kits which aren’t largely recommended by dentists for this exact reason as the bleach can be dangerous to your teeth.

Of all the range factors that impact tooth sensitivity, the two most common underlying issues are gum recession and enamel loss due to exposed nerves.

Gum recession can be caused by:

  • Using a hard bristle toothbrush – This can wear away at your teeth and hurt the gums
  • Smoking – gum recession is affected by plaque build-up which is often attributed to smoking
  • Gum disease – The health disease that can take place if gum recession isn’t dealt with effectively
  • Your genes – Regardless of how you care for your teeth, you may be genetically susceptible to gum recession

Causes of enamel loss include:

  • Acid erosion: From acidic foods and drinks
  • Over-zealous brushing: Brushing consistently and with limited pressure, when you brush it should be small circles with limited pressure

How do I maintain healthy teeth?

  • Visit your dentist regularly. Consistently see your dentist every 6 months unless you need to see them earlier
  • Start using Sensodyne toothpaste. Sensodyne tubes of toothpaste are formulated to offer long-lasting protection for sensitive teeth
  • Floss daily:  This one is basic but very important, don’t skip flossing
  • Brush twice a day, every day. Brush gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush for two minutes, twice a day


Millions of people deal with tooth sensitivity every year worldwide for a number of different reasons.

If you’re experiencing tooth sensitivity we recommend that you contact the Sbenati Dentistry dental clinic in London Ontario through our online Request An Appointment form, email us at Info@sbenatidentistry.ca, or give us a call at (519)-474-0220 we’d love to examine your mouth and help you live pain-free.

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