Sensitive teeth are a common problem that affects most individuals at some time in their lives. Sensitivity may arise from a reaction to a number of different stimuli. The level of discomfort will vary between person to person, depending on the cause and extent of the problem. Sensitivity may be experienced as a zing, a throbbing sense, or severe pain that lasts for hours at a time.
• Brushing Too Hard
Brushing your teeth too hard may wear down enamel or irritate the gum line, causing it to recede and expose the tooth’s sensitive roots.
• Eating The Wrong Foods
Eating a balanced diet is not just important for your overall health, it is extremely important for your oral health as well. Consuming too much sugar will cause the bacteria in your mouth to produce acids that can erode your teeth. After a certain amount of exposure to these acids, your teeth will become sensitive as the nerves become exposed.
• Grinding And Clenching
Over time, grinding or clenching your teeth can erode enamel and expose dentin.
• Teeth Whitening
While whitening your teeth may give you a beautiful smile, it may be causing damage to your teeth. Numerous people experience tooth sensitivity while using whitening strips. The harsh ingredients in whitening strips may be brightening your smile, but they are weakening your enamel.
• Plaque Buildup
Plaque is constantly forming in your mouth, and if it is not taken care of, it can lead to sensitive teeth. Plaque not only eats away at your teeth but also at your gums, causing sensitivity in both. To reduce plaque buildup, practice a good oral care routine that includes thorough brushing and flossing.
• Cracked Or Chipped Teeth
Cracked and chipped teeth can be rather painful and particularly sensitive. When a tooth is cracked or chipped, the sensitive layer of your tooth is exposed, causing you to feel pain and sensitivity.
• Gum Disease
Gum disease leads to tooth decay which breaks down enamel. Gum disease can also lead to infection which may attack the tooth’s roots or cause the gum line to recede.
For more information or to schedule a visit to discuss your sensitive teeth contact our office today at 203-612-5870.