Our topic of the day is a two-parter. We will first try to understand the causes of a quite widespread problem, which is sensitive teeth. It is indeed difficult, even unrealistic to incriminate one single factor here. Then we will see what kind of measures can be taken in order to combat tooth sensitivity. Fortunately for all of us, there are many efficient treatments available nowadays.
This is probably a question that keeps spinning in your mind if you happen to suffer from any form of tooth sensitivity. You may have noticed one or several of the following triggers, meaning that your discomfort appears most of the time after exposure to:
Those may however not be the direct culprits. So for example:
As you see, there may be several factors responsible for sensitive teeth. Moreover, the discomfort may appear progressively or be somewhat chronic, as opposed to acute or sudden tooth sensitivity. The latter may be due to specific circumstances (e.g., dental treatment) or even a physical shock (e.g., accident). Only a consultation with your dentist can help determine the real cause. Afterward, there are several possibilities:
Why are my teeth sensitive all of a sudden?
It might be due to a sudden change (e.g., weather fluctuations, recent dental treatment) or appear as the result of your diet (e.g., excessive acid/sugar intake). Other unusual events such as accidents/shocks, a stressful period of life, and even pregnancy can explain this sudden discomfort. It may also be a sign indicating the beginning of medical conditions such as gum recession. Please consult your dentist as soon as possible to determine the exact cause.
How do you fix sensitive teeth?
Depending on the patient’s individual situation/medical history, the dental health professional can prescribe new oral hygiene tools and habits. They can also propose a fluoride treatment if necessary. If the condition appeared as the result of other disorders, they can orient the patient to additional/complementary treatment (e.g., in oncology or psychiatry).
Can stress cause tooth sensitivity?
Yes, absolutely. Common responses to stress are teeth grinding (bruxism) and teeth clenching, which lead eventually to teeth sensitivity and damage. Plus, the hormonal imbalances caused by stress-related disorders often have an impact on oral health.