If you find yourself wincing when you put cold things in your mouth, you might be the victim of tooth sensitivity! Tooth sensitivity does not necessarily mean a sensitivity to the cold, but eating certain foods and putting your teeth in extreme weather conditions can aggravate your condition. There are actual several possible causes of your tooth sensitivity, but tooth sensitivity is treatable and can actually improve dental health. Here are the most commonly cited causes of tooth sensitivity so you can see where the problem lies and how to fix it:
Brushing your teeth too hard. Sometimes while trying to make that bad morning breath go away you might get carried away, or maybe it’s all the time. Some people are prone to brushing their teeth with too much gusto, and can actually be doing harm to their teeth. The same effect could occur if it’s your toothbrush, rather than your brushing style, that is too hard. By brushing your teeth in such an abrasive manner you might be wearing down the protective layers of your teeth so that the sensitive tubes leading to the nerves themselves are exposed. The simple solution to this involves using a softer brush and moving more gently.
Eating acidic foods. Eating acidic foods will wear away your nerve paths, causing discomfort and making it easier for them to be worn down in the future. Acid is the biggest eroder of tooth enamel and can cause the dentin inside the tooth to show. Avoid extra pain by being smart and removing excess acidic filled foods from your diet.
Grinding your teeth. Tooth grinding is a bad habit many children have, but can follow you into your adult life. If you grind your teeth you wear down the enamel in the same way brushing too hard might, so the nerve endings become exposed. If you do grind your teeth, call our office today so our dentists can recommend a fitted mouth guard to wear at night.
Suffering from gum disease. If you have untreated gingivitis or even periodontitis, you may be susceptible to overly sensitive teeth. As the gumline recedes, increased tooth sensitivity and bleeding may occur. Contact your dentist immediately if you think this is the problem so a corrective treatment or surgery can be recommended.
Recovering from a dental procedure. If you just got a new root canal, don’t fret. Some sensitivity is to be expected for the first week after a procedure. If your pain doesn’t disappear within a short time, you should revisit the dentist who conducted the procedure as it may be infected.
If you do have tooth sensitivity, try contacting your dentist or call our office today. Temporarily, try a sensitive-formula toothpaste, which may contain chemicals to improve the feeling in your mouth. However, not all patients report these temporary measures working, so stop by A Beautiful Smile so we can give you a fix for your tooth sensitivity.