Sensitive teeth? Why your teeth may be tender

Sensitive teeth? Why your teeth may be tender

Posted on Jun 17, 2015

Most of us have been there – A massive bite into ice cream or yoghurt, that immediate flavour hit and then… “ouch!” Or maybe you really loathe brushing and flossing because it hurts a little too much.

If you do have sensitive teeth, let’s look at some reasons that could be contributing to it all and what you can do to help dull the pain.

You’ve got gum disease

If you haven’t kept up with your tooth maintenance over the years, gum disease is a real possibility. Receding gums can definitely cause tooth sensitivity so if you’re feeling pain and haven’t been to visit the dentist for a while, it’s time to make that appointment!


Certain over-the-counter mouthwashes and rinses contain alcohol and other chemicals that can work to make your teeth more sensitive. If you’re using mouthwash regularly and suspect that it could be the cause of your sensitivity, look for neutral fluoride rinses. And don’t forget about flossing and brushing!

You’ve got a cracked tooth

If you suspect your tooth sensitivity has become more painful or is no longer just sensitivity, you could have a chipped or cracked tooth. The only way to find out more here is to pay your dentist a visit so that they can examine you.

You’re using tooth-whitening toothpaste

We’ve already touched on the hidden ingredients in toothpaste ( learn more here) but if you’re buying toothpaste with whitening chemicals, it could be to blame for your tooth sensitivity. Try switching things up and see how you go.

You’ve just had a dental procedure

We see this quite often – After having a dental procedure, teeth can become more sensitive. This is especially the case if you’ve just had a root canal, an extraction or a crown has been placed. Just be mindful of how long this sensitivity lasts – If it doesn’t disappear after a short while, it’s always best to pay your dentist another visit.

It’s important you’re aware that tooth sensitivity can be treated. You may even get some relief from using a toothpaste made specifically for tooth sensitivity.

If you’ve got any concerns, be sure to make an appointment with your local NovaDental clinic. Don’t just sit on it and hope that it goes away.