Some Common Triggers for Sensitive Teeth
A range of things can trigger a tooth sensation for people with sensitive teeth. Here's some of the most common triggers for tooth sensitivity:
- Eating cold food or drinking cold drinks
- Eating hot food or drinking hot drinks
- Eating sugary or sour foods
- Breathing in cold air
- Brushing teeth
Other Reasons for tooth sensation including Tooth Decay
Here are some other common problems which can cause tooth sensation:
Sensation caused by tooth decay (dental caries) can feel similar to tooth sensitivity. Tooth decay happens when the sugars in foods and drinks react with the bacteria in the plaque on our teeth to form acids. These acids can gradually soften and dissolve your enamel and dentine. Brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste will help to strengthen your teeth.
The problem with tooth decay is that you might not feel any sensation from it until it’s quite advanced. It can be managed in the early stages. So, even if you don’t feel any sensation, it’s important to go for regular dental check ups so that your dentist can spot early signs of tooth decay and work with you to manage it.
It is not uncommon for your teeth to feel sensitive for a time after having dental treatment. However, if this persists contact your dentist for advice.
Other common causes of tooth discomfort include dental abscesses and cracked teeth. It is important to visit your dentist regularly to check the health of your teeth and gums. If you feel any discomfort, particularly if it persists, contact your dentist for advice.