Do you dread that first bite of ice cream because it makes your teeth hurt? Perhaps your tooth sensitivity is so severe that even a cold wind against your teeth makes you wince. Tooth sensitivity is a common dental problem that should never be ignored. Most of the time, you are experiencing actual nerve pain when your teeth come in contact with something too hot or cold. When the enamel on your teeth has been worn down, you have lost some of the natural protective layer your tooth has over the dentin layer and its nerve center. Sensitive teeth can be caused by a number of factors. Here are just 5 common reasons that could be causing you to avoid the food or drinks you love:
- Brushing Too Hard
Harder is not always better when it comes to brushing your teeth. You can actually wear down your tooth enamel by brushing too vigorously. Try lightening up a bit as well changing to a soft-bristled toothbrush.
- Too Much Acidic Foods
Acidic foods and drinks (such as citrus fruits) penetrate your tooth enamel more easily. Choose foods that are lower in acidity to prevent painful meals.
- A Tooth Grinding Habit
It could be that your evidence of tooth sensitivity is an indication you are grinding your teeth, either during the day or while you sleep. Your dentist can offer you a mouth guard to prevent this bad dental habit that is wrecking your teeth.
- Whitening Toothpaste
Whitening your teeth with isn’t a bad thing, but it could be the cause of your sensitive teeth. Some people are more sensitive to the tooth-whitening chemicals added to many over-the-counter toothpaste brands. Consider switching your toothpaste to see if your condition improves. A whiter smile may not be worth the extra pain.
- Receding Gums
Receding gums can be a sign of gum disease or simply a commonality that comes with age. Regardless of the cause, if receding gums are making your teeth sensitive, you need to see your dentist for treatment.
Your dentist can properly diagnose your tooth sensitivity and treat your problem at its source. There is no reason to endure discomfort and pain when it comes to your teeth. Gilreath Family Dentistry helps patients with a wide variety of treatments for teeth sensitivity. Your solution may be as simple as adding an enamel strengthening toothpaste to your oral hygiene routine.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV,