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What causes tooth sensitivity in children and teens?

What causes tooth sensitivity in children and teens?

Similar to adults, children and teens can also experience tooth sensitivity. This can present itself in the form of stinging, tingling, and painful sensations. Our North Delta dentists would like to share why your child or teen's teeth may be sensitive, and how the issue can be resolved.

Tooth Sensitivity in Children & Teens

Underneath your tooth's enamel, there's a porous issue called dentin that contains tubules (microscopic channels). 

If a person loses enamel or their gums recede, these pathways to the nerve are exposed and stimuli such as hot and cold temperatures, brushing the teeth, or sugary snacks can lead to tooth sensitivity. 

When someone feels immediate tooth discomfort when one of these triggers is introduced but the discomfort subsides soon after the trigger is eliminated, the tooth is considered sensitive. 

Causes of Tooth Sensitivity in Children & Teens 

Tooth sensitivity in children and teens can occur due to a variety of factors, including: 

  • Damage to teeth such as cracks or chips 
  • Erosion of enamel 
  • Puberty gingivitis 
  • Development of permanent teeth 
  • Silver tooth fillings 
  • Improper brushing techniques 
  • Sinus infections and other issues 
  • Cracked or loose fillings 

Treating Tooth Sensitivity

Some causes of tooth sensitivity can be prevented at home simply by maintaining good brushing habits and dental hygiene. However, other instances may need attention from both you and your dentist. 

Here are some methods to address tooth sensitivity: 

  • Make regular brushing part of your child's daily oral hygiene routine 
  • Ask your dentist about restorative treatments 
  • See your dentist regularly for professional dental checkups and have fluoride treatments to help strengthen and protect teeth
  • Use products such as high-quality toothpaste to address sensitivity and the right toothbrush for your child's mouth

Do you or your child want to learn more about tooth sensitivity? Contact our dentists at SmileTown North Delta for more information.

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