Have you ever had that feeling where your teeth just feel…weird? It’s hard to describe, but you know it when you feel it. Your teeth may feel sensitive, achy, or even tingly. So, what causes this strange sensation in our teeth? Let’s explore a few possibilities.
1. You may be grinding your teeth.
Do you find yourself clenching or grinding your teeth during the day or at night? If so, that could be the culprit behind your weird-feeling teeth. When we grind our teeth, we put a lot of pressure on them which can lead to sensitivity and pain. If you think you may be grinding your teeth, talk to your dentist about ways to protect your teeth and relieve the pressure.
2. You could have a cavity.
Cavities happen when tooth decay breaks through the hard outer enamel of our teeth and starts to damage the inner layers. When this happens, our teeth can become sensitive to hot and cold temperatures and start to hurt when we bite down. If you think you may have a cavity, schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible so they can fix it before it gets worse.
3. You might have gum disease.
Gum disease is an infection of the gums that can cause redness, swelling, and bleeding. It can also lead to tooth loss if left untreated. Gum disease is caused by plaque—a sticky film of bacteria that forms on our teeth—so it’s important to brush and floss regularly to remove plaque and keep our gums healthy. If you think you have gum disease, see your dentist for treatment before it gets worse.
There are a few reasons why your teeth might feel weird—including grinding your teeth, having a cavity, or gum disease—so it’s important to explore all possibilities so you can get relief from the discomfort as soon as possible.
If your weird-feeling teeth are accompanied by other symptoms like redness, swelling, or bleeding gums, be sure to see your dentist right away so they can diagnose and treat the problem before it becomes more serious.