Are your teeth tender? Does drinking a cold beverage cause dental discomfort? Or do you find yourself wincing when you brush or floss? You could have what’s known as tooth sensitivity, and there are a number of culprits that could be to blame.
Following are some reasons you could be experiencing this issue and steps you can take to find relief for sensitive teeth.
Excessive Rinsing: If you swig mouthwash throughout the day, you may set yourself up for a sore mouth, because some products have acids that make already-sensitive teeth worse. Limit rinsing to once or twice a day.
Acidic Foods: If you enjoy too many acid-rich foods and drinks, you could corrode the outer covering of your teeth and expose the tender layer beneath. Try cutting the acid with a piece of cheese or glass of milk after eating.
Tooth Whiteners and Toothpaste: Just about everyone wants a brighter smile, but tooth whiteners and toothpaste with peroxide-based bleaching solutions can cause sensitive teeth. Want your best option? Talk to your dentist.
Receding Gums: The roots of your teeth have thousands of tiny tubes that carry feeling to a nerve center. If you have periodontal disease, that layer can pull away from teeth, exposing the ultra-sensitive root. Receding gums need a dentist’s help.
Harsh Brushing: If you brush too hard or don’t use a soft brush, your gums can pull away from tooth roots. This can also wear away your enamel and expose dentin.
Dental Work: Teeth cleanings, replacement crowns, and tooth restorations can lead to some short-term tooth sensitivity. If you’re worried about this before a procedure, talk to your dentist.
Cracked Teeth: Once a tooth is cracked, the nerve-rich pulp hidden deep inside may become irritated when chewing. A crack may also fill with bacteria, leading to inflammation, which can cause more pain.
Clenching Your Teeth: Tooth enamel is the strongest material in your body, but it’s no match for the power of clenching or grinding. Mouth guards, lifestyle changes, and diet tweaks can help stop the wear and tear.
Tooth Decay: Decay exposes the root of your tooth to a host of irritants. The best ways to battle decay and keep your teeth in top form are to practice good oral hygiene, eat right, and see your dentist regularly.
You don’t have to go it alone – call our office today to schedule an appointment so we can determine the cause of your bleeding and address it.