If you have sensitive teeth, it’s important to realize what’s causing the problem. Millions of people suffer from varying degrees of tooth sensitivity and sometimes there is no real need for concern, but other times sensitive teeth can be a tell tale sign that something else is going on in your mouth. Does it hurt when you drink hot or cold beverages, when you try to enjoy an ice cream cone or even when you brush? If you have sensitive teeth, you’re not alone!
A common cause of sensitive teeth is brushing too hard. It doesn’t take an enormous amount of pressure to get your teeth clean. Hard brushing can wear down tooth enamel and expose your dental canals. Too much exposure can lead to nerve sensitivity. To prevent tooth sensitivity from hard brushing, try using a toothbrush with softer bristles. Next simply don’t use such force while brushing. By gently handling your toothbrush like you would hold a paint brush, you’ll automatically brush more gently.
The next two common causes for tooth sensitivity are the consumption of acidic foods and grinding your teeth. Acidic fruits and vegetables attack the protective layer on your teeth causing teeth to be more sensitive. Avoid these types of foods if sensitivity becomes problematic. Grinding your teeth damages the same protective layer that acidic foods attack. Sensitivity is just one of the problems that teeth grinding causes. A custom fitted mouth guard can prevent grinding and help alleviate a number of oral issues!
Cracked or fractured teeth can cause sharp and painful sensitivity. It’s important to see your dentist right away if you believe you have a damaged tooth. Receding gum lines is another factor that leads to tooth sensitivity and other oral health issues. Dr. Porcaro will most likely introduce proven gum disease or gingivitis procedures targeted at helping restore receding gums to combat the problem.
Teeth whitening can lead to temporary sensitivity issues. You’ll have to decide what’s more important, dazzling white teeth or slight discomfort! Some people become sensitive to whitening toothpastes and mouthwashes. Most people can find a product that helps whiten without causing too many sensitivity side effects. Only you know how your mouth feels. If sensitivity is becoming an increasingly apparent problem you should talk to your dentist at your next dental checkup and get to the root of the problem.