Sometimes a person may experience tooth sensitivity that can be very painful. That sudden sharp zing inside the tooth can bring tears to the eyes. This discomfort can occur in response to stimuli like pressure, temperature, or sweet foods. This pain sometimes can be so uncomfortable that a person may eliminate certain foods to avoid the pain. Having to eliminate certain foods forever doesn’t sound like a good option.

Tooth sensitivity can be remedied without cutting out certain foods a person eats. Sometimes simple changes to how a person cleans their teeth can help. However, some sensitivity problems may require professional treatment. A tooth doesn’t become sensitive without changes to the tooth occurring. In general, tooth sensitivity can occur because of several factors. Below is a list of different reasons why a tooth may become sensitive.


To get teeth clean a person does not have to use a hard toothbrush or brush aggressively. The recommended toothbrush, by dentists, is a soft toothbrush. It’s also recommended that a person brush their teeth in gentle circular motions. Why does a hard toothbrush and brushing aggressively cause tooth sensitivity? Overtime doing both can wear down tooth enamel ( protective outer tooth layer). When tooth enamel is worn down, the nerves in teeth become exposed. This is when teeth begin to feel sensitive. Using a soft toothbrush and gently brushing the teeth will help preserve the tooth enamel, keep nerves protected, and keep teeth sensitivity free.


Chips or fractures in teeth can cause sensitivity. When a tooth is chipped or fractured the nerves underneath become exposed causing the tooth to become sensitive. Sometimes a person must see a dentist to have treatment done to alleviate the discomfort. Treatment will be determined by how much damage the chip or fracture caused the tooth and nerves. Having treatment done in the early stages will help avoid painful sensitivity and avoid causing further damage to the tooth.


If a person doesn’t properly remove plaque, with regular brushing and flossing, it can build up on teeth and lead to tooth sensitivity. Plaque eats at tooth enamel and wears it away causing tooth sensitivity. Brushing at least twice a day as well as flossing can help remove plaque before it causes sensitivity. Also seeing a dentist for regular cleanings and checkups will help keep the teeth plaque free.


When enamel gets damaged it can lead to tooth sensitivity. One cause for the loss of tooth enamel is decay. Plaque that is left on teeth can lead to decay. Once decay is present in a tooth it can cause sensitivity and must be treated by a dentist. Having the decay removed and a filling or other restoration placed will help alleviate the sensitivity.

Tooth sensitivity can be very painful. Suffering with the pain is not necessary. There are several changes a person can make to help ease the discomfort. Getting a soft toothbrush, brushing differently, or using sensitivity toothpaste can help. However, if the sensitivity persists it’s important to contact a dentist for an evaluation. At a dental appointment the dentist will do a thorough exam and provide the best treatment plan for each case. Calling the dentist today is the first step to relief from tooth sensitivity.

PV Dentistry focusses on providing the highest quality of dental services in a comfortable atmosphere. We are here to assist you with all of your dental needs. Please contact our Prescott Valley, AZ office to schedule an initial consultation at (928) 772-8175. 

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Prescott Valley, AZ 86314