If sundaes and frozen yogurts make you wince in pain instead of delight, then you may have sensitive teeth. The same thing may happen when you brush or floss your teeth, drink cold water or chew crunchy vegetables. Sometimes, even the slightest of actions can send a jolt of pain.
However, there are several ways to treat and prevent tooth sensitivity. By setting up a consultation with us you are one step closer to getting your oral health in tip-top shape again.
Here are some of the reasons you may have sensitive teeth:
You brush your teeth with too much energy
Sometimes, sensitive teeth are results of brushing with too much force. When partnered with a hard bristle toothbrush, the protective enamel of the teeth may wear off over time, and eventually expose the canals that send signals to your dental nerves. As a result, exposure of these nerves to hot or cold food and drinks could send pain signals to your brain. Thus, it is best to switch to soft bristle toothbrushes that are used gently while brushing.
You munch on acidic foods
If the enamel of the teeth is broken down and your dental nerves are easily exposed, acidic foods such as lemons, grapefruits, tomatoes, and even pickles can cause pain. To prevent sensitive teeth, try to stay away from these foods until you have a remedy for sensitive teeth.
You grind your teeth
Bruxism, or the grinding of the teeth, also wears down the enamel that protects the nerves of the teeth, even if it is known as the strongest substance in the body. Consult with your dentist for mouth guards to help remove the habit.
You use whitening toothpastes
Manufacturers like to put a little extra in whitening toothpaste to make them work, and some of these ingredients react with people with sensitive teeth. If you feel that your sensitive teeth are a result of your toothpaste, consider switching brands.
You use your mouthwash too much
Mouthwashes contain alcohol and similar to whitening toothpaste, have ingredients that can cause the teeth to become sensitive. As a solution, consider trying fluoride rinses that are gentler. If you can, skip the mouthwash and just be more diligent with brushing and flossing.
You have serious gum disease
Sensitive teeth are also caused by receding gums, which are normal as we age. However, poor oral habits can also lead to the formation of plaque, and eventually gingivitis and periodontitis. If this is found to be the problem, seek professional help from your dentists at Greenspoint Dental to get the problem resolved.
You just had a dental procedure
Teeth can become sensitive if they just underwent a dental procedure, such as an extraction or root canal. However, if the sensitivity persists, raise the concern to your dentist so any potential problems can be addressed.
Suffering from tooth sensitivity? Call us today so we can discuss solutions to the problem.