10 Reasons Why You May Have Tooth Sensitivity. Mar 10, 2021
Tooth sensitivity is one of the most common dental problems. Do you cringe when you drink a really cold beverage? Do you feel dental discomfort when you brush or floss? If so, you may have sensitive teeth but don’t worry; you are not alone. More than 40 million adults suffer from tooth sensitivity in the United States.
Tooth sensitivity occurs when the hard enamel on your teeth has been worn down, exposing canals to your dental nerves. These exposed areas on your teeth can cause pain and may even change your habits of eating, drinking, and breathing. But you don’t have to put up with the pain. Here’s why you may be experiencing tooth sensitivity and some steps you can take to find some relief.
1) Don’t brush with force. Brushing your teeth with too much strength or brushing with a hard-bristled toothbrush can wear down your tooth enamel over time. The simplest solution is to be gentle when brushing and pick a softer toothbrush.
2) Eat fewer acidic foods. Tomato products, orange, lemon, grapefruit, and pickles may be the reason you are experiencing your dental discomfort. Eat less of these foods and don’t drink as much coffee or wine.
3) You may be grinding your teeth at night. Ask us about getting a dental night guard. We can create a custom guard, so it is more comfortable than you might think.
4) Do you have acid reflux? If you are vomiting a lot, then stomach acid will eat away at your tooth enamel. You should see a doctor if you think you may have this condition. Then come see us to talk about options for your teeth.
5) Does your toothpaste have tooth whitening agents? If so, it certainly won’t help with your tooth sensitivity. The whitening formula affects some people more than others. If you think this may be a problem, consider switching to a different toothpaste.
6) Don’t use mouthwash more than directed. Similar to whitening toothpaste, certain mouthwashes contain alcohol and other chemicals that will make your teeth sensitive. Try a neutral fluoride mouthwash or don’t use your mouth rinse as much. Be more diligent with brushing and flossing.
7) You may have gingivitis. If you have gum disease, you will need to practice good oral hygiene. Good hygiene includes brushing twice a day and flossing and visiting us more often. We may also prescribe you an antiseptic mouthwash.
8) Excessive plaque. When you brush, you are removing the sticky film on your teeth known as plaque. Bad oral hygiene habits result in plaque buildup, which turns into tartar. Tartar will eat away at your tooth enamel and may cause gum disease.
9) Is your tooth cracked? A chipped or cracked tooth can cause discomfort far worse than tooth sensitivity. Consult with us right away, and we will evaluate the condition of your tooth. Your treatment may be a cap or an extraction.
10) Have you had a recent dental procedure? It is common to experience tooth sensitivity after getting dental work done such as a root canal, crown placement, or an extraction. If the discomfort is persistent and doesn’t go away after a short period, schedule an appointment with us. There may be an infection associated with your procedure.
If you are having trouble with tooth sensitivity and need a second opinion, don’t hesitate to contact us. Schedule an appointment at one of our five locations and let The Dental Care Center alleviate your dental discomfort.