If hot, cold, sweet or very acidic foods and drinks, or breathing in cold air,
makes your teeth or a tooth sensitive or painful then you may have sensitive teeth. Tooth sensitivity can come and go over time. Tooth sensitivity affects over half of the population.
There are several different reasons why you may have sensitivity. Worn tooth enamel can be caused by brushing your teeth too aggressively or using a toothbrush with hard bristles instead of soft. Eating or drinking high acidic foods can also cause the enamel to be worn away. Gum recession also contributes to sensitive teeth, and can be caused by brushing the gum line too hard or by certain conditions such as gum disease.
Proper oral care can help prevent the development of sensitive teeth. To help lower your risk of sensitivity be sure to brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes with a soft bristled toothbrush and use toothpaste with
low levels of abrasives. Floss daily to remove plaque that collects on the gum line and between the teeth. Maintain a diet that is low in acidic foods and beverages.
Talk to your dentist about creating a treatment plan for sensitive teeth. In addition to recommending toothpaste without high levels of abrasives, your dentist may prescribe an at-home rinse, or high fluoride level toothpaste specially formulated to make your teeth less sensitive and provide extra protection against decay. Other treatments, such as fluoride varnishes, can be painted onto the teeth to provide added protection.