Why Are My Teeth Sensitive?


If you’ve ever winced after an unwelcome twinge of tooth sensitivity, you’re not the only one.

Dentin hypersensitivity, or tooth sensitivity, is a common dental problem. It’s a condition that can develop over time, as a result of common problems such as receding gums and enamel wear. Most sufferers are between 20 and 50 years old. Tooth sensitivity can start to happen when the softer, inner part of the tooth called ‘dentin’ becomes exposed. Dentin lies under the enamel and the gums.


Thousands of microscopic channels run through the dentin towards the center of the tooth (see figure below). Once the dentin is exposed, external triggers (such as a cold drink) can stimulate the nerves inside the tooth, resulting in the characteristic short, sharp pain of tooth sensitivity.


Only a dentist can confirm you have dentin hypersensitivity. If you are experiencing any dental problems, please call our dental office in Jersey City for advice.   We can help to minimize further exposure of the dentin, care for your sensitive teeth and relieve the painful symptoms by making some simple changes to your daily oral care routine and dietary habits.

If you live in Jersey City, Hoboken, Union City, Bayonne, or surrounding areas in New Jersey and need help with you dental problems or for any procedures such as dental implants, dentures, crowns or bridges, please call our office Charming Smile Dental at 201-425-8600.