Ouch! Why Do My Teeth Hurt?

sensitiveDo you have tooth sensitivity? Does it hurt to chew, drink hot or cold beverages, or to brush? About 1 in 8 people complain to their dentists about sensitive teeth. Adults between the ages of 18 and 44 are 3.5 times more likely to have sensitive teeth than older adults, and women are 1.8 times more likely to have sensitive teeth than men. Today, your Lake Forest Dentist, Dr. Fondriest, explains some reasons why your teeth might hurt.

Reasons for Sensitive Teeth

There are several reasons you may be experiencing sensitive teeth including:

  • Receding gums: Receding gums are common as you age. They can also be due to periodontal disease.
  • Plaque: Excessive plaque buildup wears away your tooth enamel causing tooth sensitivity.
  • Cracked tooth: A damaged tooth is another reason for tooth sensitivity.
  • Decay: Tooth decay around the edges of your teeth can cause sensitivity.
  • Bruxing: If you grind or clench your teeth the pressure and the wearing away of enamel may result in sensitive teeth.
  • Foods: Acidic foods such as lemons, pickles, and tomato sauce can cause pain if your nerves are already exposed.
  • Whitening toothpastes: Whitening toothpastes contain special chemicals that may cause tooth sensitivity.
  • Mouthwash: Mouthwashes that contain alcohol can make your teeth sensitive.
  • Brushing: If you brush too vigorously you can wear down your tooth enamel resulting in sensitivity.
  • Dental procedure: Tooth sensitivity is common after dental procedures such as root canals or tooth extractions.

If you are suffering from tooth sensitivity, bring it to the attention of your dentist. Once the cause is determined, your dentist can recommend treatment.

About Your Lake Forest Dentist:

Aside from providing dependable family, general, and restorative dentistry services to our community, Dr. James Fondriest also holds respected academic appointments at the Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, FL, and the Spear Institute in Scottsdale, AZ, and he is an adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics at the University of Florida Dental School. At Lake Forest Dental Arts, Dr. Fondriest combines his impressive array of experience with modern technology and caring, compassionate, knowledgeable staff, and we proudly serve patients from West Forest Lake, Kennedy, Lake Bluff, Skokie, Junction, and all surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at (847) 234-0517.