Last Updated on 7 months by Isreal Olabanji DST RN
8 Biggest Causes of Tooth Sensitivity
- Brushing the Teeth Too Hard –
At times, tooth sensitivity can occur from brushing the teeth too hard or using a hard-bristled toothbrush. Over the time, the protective layers of the teeth are worn down because of that and the microscopic hollow canals or tubes are exposed that lead to the dental nerves. When the tubes are exposed to the sticky foods or extreme temperatures, it can result in tooth sensitivity and discomfort. The solution to this is being gentle while brushing and switching to a softer toothbrush.
- Consumption of the Acidic Foods
When exposed to the acidic foods like lemon, tomato sauce, grapefruit or pickles it can cause discomfort to your teeth. The teeth enamel acts as a protective layer and the acid works as the most threatening nemesis. Thus, your tooth enamel is at great risk of sensitivity if you are having a lot of acidic and sugary substances.
- Grinding of the Teeth –
As the enamel is the most durable substance in the body, it can withstand a certain amount of wear and tear. That said, if you grind the teeth you are bound to wear the enamel down eventually, as a result of which the hollow tubes of the nerves can get exposed. So if you are grinding the teeth at night, your dentist can offer a customized mouthguard that is intended in a way to fit the bite. If you are grinding the teeth even during the day you should talk to the dentist regarding the behavioral strategies that you can embrace for getting rid of the problem.
- Using Tooth-whitening Toothpaste
Your toothpaste can be the source of sensitivity for you. The tooth-whitening toothpaste contains chemicals that can make the teeth susceptible to sensitivity. So you should switch to desensitizing toothpaste or those that are designed for treating sensitive tooth.
- Excessive Plaque Build-up –
The excessive build-up of plaque can wear the enamel away that makes the teeth very sensitive. The solution to this is maintaining your oral hygiene by regularly brushing and flossing in the proper manner after you eat so that the plaque is removed. Apart from that, you should also adhere to good quality dental care and opt for professional dental cleaning every six months.
- Dental Procedures –
It is common to experience some form of sensitivity if you had an extraction, a crown fitted or a root canal procedure recently. However, after a couple of weeks, such sensitivity usually disappears. But if it does not fade away after some time, you must visit the dentist as that can be a sign of infection.
- Cracked or Chipped Tooth –
A chipped or cracked tooth can give rise to a kind of pain that can go much beyond tooth sensitivity. Your dentist will need to observe your teeth closely and suggest you the right treatment procedure that can include extraction or cap according to the requirements.
- Gum Disease –
With age, receding gums are a common phenomenon. But that can lead to tooth sensitivity. If the gum disease becomes a problem, your dentist can emerge with a plan for treating the real issue behind it and can also advise teeth sealing procedure or bleeding gum treatment to protect your pearly whites from sensitivity.
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