Teeth can become sensitive for several reasons. Some people find that sensitivity develops suddenly when they never had a problem before. These are some of the most common causes of sudden tooth sensitivity.
Possible Causes of Sudden Tooth Sensitivity
Sudden sensitivity could be caused by tooth decay near the gum line. You may not be aware of the decay, but it can lead to tiny holes in the front or back of the tooth near the gums.
Sudden sensitivity can also be caused by a cracked or broken tooth. It can become filled with plaque, which can lead to inflammation.
A loose filling or crown can cause sensitivity to develop. Tell your dentist if you have a loose filling or crown so it can be replaced to prevent long-term damage.
New tooth sensitivity can also be a symptom of gingivitis. When gums get inflamed and sore, the loss of supporting ligaments can lead to sensitivity because the roots are exposed. In patients with advanced gingivitis or periodontal disease, the gums can recede, or pull away from the teeth, exposing the roots.
You can develop sudden sensitivity if you grind your teeth. Clenching or grinding the teeth can wear down the enamel and expose the dentin underneath. Many people grind their teeth when they are asleep because of stress and are not aware that they do it.
Eating highly acidic foods can cause tooth sensitivity. Foods such as citrus fruits and tomatoes contain high levels of acid that can wear away tooth enamel, expose the dentin, and cause sensitivity.
Some over-the-counter mouthwashes contain acids that can make sensitivity worse over time if the dentin is exposed. If you suspect that your mouthwash is causing sensitivity, ask your dentist to recommend a natural fluoride rinse.
Sometimes sensitivity is influenced by age. People between the ages of 25 and 30 are the most likely to experience sensitivity. If you brush and floss regularly and visit your dentist for regular exams and cleanings and have no signs of decay, the sudden onset of tooth sensitivity could be age-related.
See a Dentist to Get Your Teeth Cleaned or to Find out Why You Have Sensitivity
You should brush and floss your teeth regularly to prevent tooth decay and gum disease and see your dentist for exams and cleanings. If you develop tooth sensitivity, make an appointment at Fried Dentistry. We will diagnose the cause and recommend the appropriate treatment. Don’t put off receiving necessary dental care. Make an appointment today to get your teeth cleaned or to figure out why you have sensitivity so you can get relief.