teeth damage

What’s Causing My Sensitive Teeth?

Dental Hygiene

Have you felt that sharp pain in your teeth from taking a sip of a cold drink? Tooth sensitivity is a very common occurrence, but it could indicate a more serious dental health issue. Want to know more? Keep reading––we will tell you about what causes tooth sensitivity and how you can combat it.

What makes my teeth feel sensitive? 

Sensitivity is caused by erosion of or damage to your enamel. Enamel is the protective outer layer of our teeth that protects our soft dentin and pulp layers. It is one of the hardest tissues produced by the human body, but it is still susceptible to erosion. Unlike other tissue in our bodies, like bones, enamel cannot repair itself; once it is damaged, only your dentist can help prevent further damage to both the enamel and interior of the tooth. Erosion of enamel can lead to sensitivity and further develop into cavities if left untreated. 

Common ways that your tooth enamel is damaged:

1. Diet

What you eat can impact your oral health. Foods and beverages that are high in sugar and acidity can damage your enamel over time––this includes coffee, wine, candy, and even fresh fruit! There is a close relationship between diet and oral health, and taking care of what you eat can help keep your mouth healthy. Our tips for minimizing damage to enamel?

  1. Brush and floss your teeth a minimum of twice daily 
  2. Drink lots of water before and after consuming acidic or sugary foods

Wait and drink water before brushing your teeth after an acidic or sugary meal

2. Direct trauma to the teeth

While this is most common in sports, especially contact sports like hockey and football, direct trauma to the teeth can happen to anyone. If you play sports, we recommend wearing a mouth guard, which is custom-made to protect your teeth. Dental trauma should be taken seriously to avoid even more costly interventions in the future.  If you experience damage to your teeth, call us right away to find out what to do next. Types of dental trauma can include:

  • Chipped or broken teeth
  • Dislodged teeth 
  • Trauma to the gums 
  • Chipped or broken filling

3. Bruxism

Grinding and clenching your jaw, especially in your sleep, is a common cause of enamel damage. If you experience dull headaches, sore jaw, and poor sleep habits, you might be suffering from bruxism without being aware. Only your dentist can see the telltale symptoms of bruxism and recommend an appropriate treatment. Common causes of bruxism can include:

  • Stress
  • Medication 
  • Health conditions such as Parkinson’s Disease 
  • Drug use 

Saskatoon, sensitive teeth can be mediated with good oral care habits.

If you suffer from sensitive teeth, schedule an appointment––regular dental visits are the best method for prevention and care. Visiting your dentist twice annually can help alleviate the pain of sensitive teeth and prevent further damage. Regular cleanings and fluoride treatments can bolster the strength of your enamel and help maintain your oral health. Schedule your appointment today and take control of your sensitive teeth. 

Ways You Might Get Teeth Damage

Dental Advice | Dental Care

When we develop certain habits to improve our well-being, we are not always made aware of the problems those habits can cause our teeth. Teeth often receive a lower priority in terms of health, and some things are missed.


Here are some healthy practices you could be doing that might do more harm than good to your teeth:



While it is an excellent thing to brush your teeth regularly, you have to know that timing plays an important role when doing so. The enamel softens and becomes susceptible to abrasive wear temporarily when you consume something acidic like oranges. So, brushing your teeth (and forcefully even) might remove enamel, leaving your teeth feeling sensitive. As you get older, it will only worsen because our gums recede with age and get more root surface exposure.


You can take more precaution by waiting approximately 30 minutes before brushing your teeth.



Drinking lemon juice helps in digestion, cleanses the body of toxins, and strengthens immunity – these are just some of its health benefits. However, lemon juice or lemon juice diluted with water is a major culprit of dental erosion.


You should not stop drinking lemon water, but what you can do is take extra steps to protect your teeth in the process. Using a straw helps lessen the detrimental effects of this drink to your teeth. After drinking lemon juice or lemon water, be sure to have a drink of plain, ordinary water afterward.



You might have been diagnosed by an illness or a chronic health condition that requires taking prescribed medications. Unfortunately, there are many drugs that come with the side effect of reducing saliva flow – your oral health could suffer in such instances. Those patients who are taking medications that give them a dry mouth are at a higher risk of developing tooth decay because the saliva is not there to physically buffer acids or wash food debris away.


You should not stop your medication, but what you can do is try sipping water throughout the day. Saliva flow can, however, be increased with sugarless gum, mints with xylitol content, tablets, gels and sprays designed specifically for dry mouth.



Physical activity greatly benefits our bodies in hundreds of ways. However, you must remember that when you participate in impact sports such as martial arts or hockey, your teeth become at risk for damages if not protected properly. A custom mouthguard offers a cushion around the teeth in case of a direct impact to the face.


So, if you do not want to see your teeth chipped or knocked out, always wear a mouthguard. Repairing such damages require a lot of work and money, so in this case, prevention is definitely better than cure.

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