Ouch, My Teeth are So Sensitive! 6 Possible Reasons Why

Posted on: September 16, 2016 | Blog

Are you experiencing sudden tooth sensitivity? Las Vegas dentists employ a method called differential diagnosis to identify sources of pain, which uses the process of elimination. Here are six possible causes of sudden tooth pain:


1. One Painful Tooth vs. Several

If your tooth sensitivity is associated with just one tooth, then a cavity, need for a root canal, or a cracked tooth could all be the culprit.

If all of your teeth have suddenly become sensitive, chances are the cause is more global. In that case, the possibilities include the following:

2. Too Much Acidic Food

If you have just discovered a favorite new food that’s high in acid and are eating it daily, this could make your teeth feel sensitive in just a matter of days. Sudden changes in eating and other habits can always potentially cause tooth sensitivity.

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3. Are You Stressed?

A sudden increase in stress could be the cause of sensitivity. Stress causes an increase in cortisol levels, which can cause involuntary tooth grinding, leading to tooth sensitivity throughout the mouth.

4. Sinus Infections

A sinus infection where both the left and right sinuses are severely infected and causing significant nose blowing can lead to all of your back upper teeth becoming sore and painful. The teeth can be very sensitive to sudden movement, such as standing up or walking.

5. Extreme Cold

Breathing in cold air outside after consuming a large amount of acidic foods can lead to tooth sensitivity.

6. Whitening Your Teeth

Drinking cold water after whitening your teeth can be quite uncomfortable. Your teeth are particularly sensitive after this type of treatment, and extremes like heat, coldness, and citrus can be very irritating.

Tooth sensitivity IS manageable! Monitor yours for any changes; and if the problem doesn’t go away within a reasonable amount of time, schedule an appointment with us today at (702) 388-8888.

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