6 Causes Of Tooth Sensitivity

Do your teeth hurt or burn when you drink an ice cold or extremely warm beverage? Does it hurt when you brush and floss your teeth sometimes? Does cold air cause pain in the teeth? These are all signs of tooth sensitivity. Here are 6 causes of Tooth sensitivity and some tips to help relieve your pain.

Aggressive Brushing
Brushing your teeth too vigorously damages the enamel (the protective layer) on your teeth. When it becomes too worn down, it cannot protect your teeth when exposed to extreme temperatures, acidic or sticky foods, thus resulting insensitivity.
PS: Be gentler when you brush your teeth and always use a soft-bristled toothbrush!

Acidic Foods
Too much acid in your diet is another reason that destroys your enamel and causes sensitivity.
PS: Avoid foods like lemon, orange, grapefruit, and kiwi.

Teeth Grinding
Grinding your teeth also breaks down your enamel. Even though your teeth are very strong, putting constant pressure and friction on them through grinding will cause them to wear down, exposing the dentin (middle layer) of your tooth.
PS: Talk to your hygienist about getting a custom night guard for sleeping if you have teeth grinding issues.

Whitening Toothpaste
Whitening toothpastes have similar effects as acidic foods when it comes to your teeth. The chemicals used in toothpaste tend to wear down your enamel and cause unnecessary sensitivity.
PS: Switch to a toothpaste that doesn’t contain these whitening agents.

Gum Disease
Receding gums, the main symptom of gum disease, can cause tooth sensitivity.
PS: Check your mouth for signs of gum disease often. If you see anything that points to gum disease, call your dental hygienist or dentist immediately.

Excessive Plaque
If you do not brush and floss your teeth properly and consistently, your teeth will have excessive plaque buildup. This will wear away on your enamel, causing teeth sensitivity.
PS: Be sure to brush twice a day and floss once a day. Also be sure to visit your dental hygienist and dentist regularly.

If you experience tooth sensitivity, just remember that it is treatable. You don’t have to be feeling excessive pain or uncomfortable feelings that are all associated with tooth sensitivity.

Need professional care for your tooth sensitivity? Call Pina Mazza, Dental Hygienist in Vaughan, at 905.597.6342 to book an appointment today!


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