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I Have Sensitive Teeth - Does it Mean I Have a Cavity?

April 30, 2015
Posted By: Dr. Russell D. Mann

Having sensitive teeth can be a symptom of many different things. Tooth decay is one of those things, but it’s not always the culprit. If you are suffering from tooth sensitivity it’s a good idea to have it looked at by a dentist to make sure it’s not decay or a cracked tooth, especially if the sensitivity came on suddenly. If it’s not something the dentist can fix with a filling or a crown, it could be one of the following.

Your Toothpaste

Tartar control and whitening toothpaste can cause sensitivity in some people. It doesn’t happen very often, but it’s easy to determine if it’s the cause of your sensitive teeth. Simply switch your toothpaste for a little while and see if the sensitivity decreases.
sensitive teeth

Acidic Foods

Foods with acidic ingredients strip the enamel from your teeth. If you drink a lot of soda, sports drinks or juices that are acidic, they may be to blame for your sensitive teeth. Also, foods like hard candy, cough drops, and even some fruits have high rates of acidity. Lemons and limes are highly acidic as well. People don’t usually think of this, but having them in your drinks too often can cause problems. Sensitive teeth caused by acidic foods and drinks will eventually become decayed, so read the labels and steer clear of too much acidity.

Acid Reflux

Another common cause of sensitive teeth is acid reflux. If you have highly acidic stomach acid and your teeth are exposed to it due to acid reflux, they can become sensitive. This is a condition that needs to be diagnosed by a physician. Once the reflux is treated and the acid is removed, the patient can see great improvements to their sensitive teeth.

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