By Steven T. Riesenberg, DMD
September 20, 2021
Category: Dental Health

If you’ve ever felt pain after taking a bite of ice cream or drinking hot tea, you’re definitely not alone. Pain caused by extreme temperatures could be a sign of a cavity, but it’s also an issue for people who have sensitive teeth. There are many different causes for tooth sensitivity and Dr. Steven Riesenberg at Washington Family Dentistry in Washington, NJ, can help determine the cause of your toothaches and tooth sensitivity.

Causes of Tooth Sensitivity

Tooth sensitivity can affect one or multiple teeth and usually feels like pain or discomfort in your teeth after being exposed to something like hot or cold foods. Your dentist in Washington, NJ, can determine the exact cause of your toothaches and tooth sensitivity and can help figure out the best form of treatment to get your smile comfortable again.

Some common causes of tooth sensitivity may include:

  • Brushing your teeth too hard
  • Using a hard toothbrush
  • Grinding your teeth while sleeping
  • Eating or drinking acidic foods or drinks

Tooth sensitivity can also be caused by conditions such as GERD, which can cause acid to come up into your mouth and expose your teeth and break down your enamel over time. This can also be caused by conditions that cause frequent vomiting.

You may also experience temporary sensitivity after certain dental treatments such as fillings, crowns, or teeth whitening. The sensitivity should go away after a few days, and if it doesn’t, you should be sure to contact your dentist for treatment as soon as possible. Your dentist will likely recommend that to soothe sensitivity, you switch to a softer toothbrush and a toothpaste formulated for sensitive teeth for at least a few weeks.

Contact Your Dentist Today!

There are many things that may cause your smile to feel sensitive to factors like temperature and it’s important to talk to your dentist about what might be causing tooth sensitivity. Contact Dr. Steven Riesenberg at Washington Family Dentistry in Washington, NJ, to learn more about the causes of toothaches and tooth sensitivity today. Call for more information and to set up an appointment at (908) 689-5129.