Do you feel a tinge of pain whenever you take a sip of your morning coffee? How about when you drink ice-cold water in the middle of a warm day, does your tooth hurt? Although the pain you feel does not last for a long time, it can be very irritating. When you take a sip of your coffee while having a meaningful conversation with someone at the office, that tinge of pain can be distracting. And so you begin to wonder why you’re suffering from such tooth sensitivity.

Tooth sensitivity can be due to various causes. Some people are sensitive to food and drinks that are cold or hot. There are also others that suffer from tooth sensitivity because of sugar-rich foods. And then there are those whose teeth are sensitive to food and beverages that are too acidic. In general, tooth sensitivity is caused by the thinning of the natural tooth enamel. A healthy set of teeth has its way of protecting the pulp as well as the dentin from exposure to extremely hot or cold temperature.

But what is the cause of the thinning of tooth enamel? There are more than a handful of reasons why such happens. Here are some of the popular ones in the list:

·         Receding gums is a part of the harsh effects of aging. However, most young people and adults who suffer from receding gums may be due to gum disease they don’t even know they have. Sadly, gum disease does not come with early warning signs. In fact, you don’t feel any pain at all, that’s why it is often overlooked. Through regular dental check-ups, your dentist can assist you in dealing with possible gum problems to keep your teeth from becoming too sensitive.

·         Tooth grinding during sleep is also one of the leading causes of the thinning of enamel. Although most of those who during sleep are not aware that they are, dentists recommend that they undergo treatment for it. If you have been told that you are grinding your teeth or are wondering if you are, then you should ask your dentist about it. The current state of your dental health will help the dentist tell if you are.

·         Chipped or fractured teeth could also be one of the leading signs of tooth sensitivity. Since the tooth pulp is no longer intact, the exposure of the neurons of the teeth could make it very susceptible to pain and sensitivity. The best thing to do is to seek proper dental treatment. Not only does it mean saving the fractured teeth from totally being rotten, but it also means saving yourself from a lot of those painful moments due to teeth sensitivity.

Don’t let yourself suffer from tooth sensitivity. See your dentist today and seek advice on what to do. After all, eating and drinking without worrying about tooth sensitivity makes you enjoy the experience so much more.