Can You Have Naturally Sensitive Teeth?

Can You Have Naturally Sensitive Teeth?

Published 29/09/2021

Last Reviewed 20/05/2024

Do you feel pain or discomfort when eating ice cream or drinking a hot coffee? This can be a sign of an underlying dental problem like a cavity or it may just be that you have sensitive teeth. Tooth sensitivity is quite common and there are no real “risk groups” for it, it can happen to anyone. While there is no tried and true cure for sensitive teeth, there are specially made toothpaste and mouthwash that are available to help remineralize and strengthen teeth as well as reduce sensitivity.

Symptoms of Sensitive Teeth

Individuals who suffer from tooth sensitivity may experience pain or discomfort from one or all of the following factors:

  • Hot foods and beverages
  • Cold foods and beverages
  • Cold air
  • Sweet foods and beverages
  • Acidic foods and beverages
  • Cold water, especially during routine dental cleanings
  • Brushing or flossing teeth
  • Alcohol-based mouth rinses

For many people, their symptoms can come and go over time. For other patients, they experience tooth sensitivity when consuming particular foods or beverages like ice cream or hot chocolate. It really depends on the individual and their teeth. One thing is for certain when you feel tooth pain you know it's there without a doubt.

What Causes Sensitive Teeth?

While some individuals have thinner enamel, others may have added to their sensitivity. The primary causes of sensitive teeth include:

  • Brushing too hard or in an aggressive manner
  • Gum recession
  • Gingivitis
  • Cracked or broken teeth
  • Plaque buildup
  • Teeth grinding
  • Eating acidic foods
  • Dental procedures
  • Whitening treatments

Soothe Your Tooth Sensitivity

To ease your sensitivity, many dentists recommend using a sensitive toothpaste or mouthwash specifically designed to help with sensitivity by remineralizing your enamel. Enamel is the hard outermost layer of your teeth which helps protect the more sensitive dentin. Enamel can deteriorate naturally as we age but the causes above can also help wear away enamel leaving your teeth sensitive to extreme temperatures. By using a toothpaste and mouthwash specifically designed for sensitive teeth you can help remineralize your enamel and lower your teeth sensitivity. Before making any changes though you should always consult with your dentist.