When you brush or floss, do you find yourself wincing in pain? When you eat ice cream, do you feel pain in your teeth? If you do, then you might be suffering from tooth sensitivity.
The good thing is that there are things that you can do to stop the pain or prevent it from happening. But before you can stop it, you need to know the main causes of having teeth sensitivity.
1. Eating too much acidic food
Acidic foods, such as oranges and wine, can wear away your teeth causing sensitivity and discoloration. When your tooth enamel wears away, it results in exposing the dentin, which is an underlying material of your tooth.
Exposing dentin can cause your tooth to be vulnerable to bacteria and plaque, causing decay.
To prevent tooth erosion, you should drink water when you consume acidic food. This is to wash out the acid out of your mouth.
Now, if you can’t prevent drinking acidic beverage, you should use a straw to reduce contact with your teeth.
And because acid softens your enamel, you must wait at least 30 minutes before brushing your teeth after eating acidic foods or drinking acidic beverages.
2. Brushing too much
Too much force from brushing can wear down those protective layers of your teeth, thereby, exposing those hollow canals leading to the dental nerves.
When those tubes are exposed to hot or cold foods, you’ll feel pain and discomfort.
To avoid it, you should consider brushing with softer bristles. Then, be gentle to your teeth when brushing.
3. Grinding your teeth
If you’re a tooth-grinder, you’re more likely to suffer from teeth sensitivity as grinding can wear down tooth enamel. As mentioned earlier, wearing down of tooth enamel can cause the dentin to be exposed.
Dentin is a part of your tooth that contains hollow tubes. These tubes lead to your nerves.
To stop you from grinding, your dentist may recommend a mouth guard. Kenneth Hill, DDS supports the use of custom-made mouth guards to fit your bite and avoid suffering from problems as a result of an ill-fitting mouth guard.
4. Using tooth whitening toothpaste
Tooth whitening toothpaste can cause teeth sensitivity. It’s especially true if your teeth are more sensitive than others.
If you think that your toothpaste is the culprit of your tooth sensitivity, consider switching toothpaste or ask your dentist about the best toothpaste to use for your condition.
5. Suffering from gum disease
Gum disease can cause your gum tissue to inflame. If it’s left untreated, it can lead to periodontists, which is a gum disease that gets worse. It damages the gum tissue and bone that support your teeth.
Check with your dentist about it. Gum disease must be treated as soon as possible to avoid it from getting worse.
Teeth sensitivity is highly treatable. You can even use a toothpaste made for sensitive teeth. Unfortunately, not all toothpaste for sensitive teeth works for everyone. Some patients’ teeth sensitivity can’t be resolved by toothpaste alone.
If your condition persists, check with your dentist right away. He/she can determine the possible cause of your teeth sensitive and suggest the best solution for your situation