Why are my teeth sensitive?



Tooth sensitivity occurs when the enamel that protects your teeth starts to wear down (gets thinner). When gums recede, they start exposing the underlying surface, the dentin. This will start reducing the amount of protection the enamel and gums provide to the teeth.


Being a suffer of sensitive teeth can be a real challenge, it can effect our everyday living with having to constantly think about what we put into our mouths. If you experience sensitivity you are going to want to find out wants causing you discomfort. I wish there was one definitive answer but unfortunately there are many reasons that could be the root cause.

  • Brushing too hard: It could be something really simple like brushing too aggressively and using a hard toothbrush. This eventually starts to wear down the enamel, a key factor to sensitive teeth.
  • Tooth Erosion: It comes back to ‘watching what you put into your mouth’, tooth erosion is causes by consuming highly acidic food and drink.

Sensitive tooth

  • Tooth Decay: This links with tooth erosion. Leaky fillings, broken teeth that expose the dentin of your teeth will cause sensitive teeth. If you think you suffer from tooth decay, have a read of What causes teeth to decay? and book any appointment to see your dentist.
  • Gum Recession: Again gum recession will cause root exposure. This will lead to tooth sensitivity.
  • Grinding your teeth: Believe it or not grinding teeth is very common and yet so many are aware they even do it. Any yes, grinding your teeth could be the answer to ‘ Why are my teeth sensitive’. If you think grinding your teeth could be the cause to sensitive teeth, then a trip to the dentist may be in order.
  • Post dental treatment: Sensitive teeth can be a common symptom to some dentistry work, for example: Teeth whitening, fillings and crowns. Sensitive after these treatments are temporary and will go with time.


The treatment required for sensitive teeth will all depend on what’s causing it and how severe it is. If you are suffering from sensitive teeth the best cause of action is to see your dentist, they will be able to diagnose what’s causing it and put a treatment plan in place. Treated could be directly with the dentist or at home.  This could be as simple changing to a soft toothbrush and a sensitive toothpaste.

Selecting sensitive toothpaste


If it’s time to say goodbye to those sensitive teeth then look no further.

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