Are you struggling with your teeth hurting when you eat or drink something that is too cold, hot or sweet? It’s summer time and it’s hot, but does the thought of eating ice cream automatically make you think of the tooth pain that will come along with it? Millions of people suffer from tooth sensitivity, you’re not alone.
But what causes tooth sensitivity?
Tooth sensitivity is usually caused by exposed dentin on root areas from gum disease and/or receded gums. Unlike the crowns of your teeth, the root area of your tooth isn’t protected by enamel, but rather cementum. When the enamel or cementum wears away the nerves within the tooth are exposed which can cause tooth sensitivity, ouch!
Some common causes of exposed dentin on root areas include:
- Brushing your teeth too aggressively
- Use of rough toothpaste
- An acidic diet
- Acid reflux disease
- Excessive teeth whitening
- Grinding your teeth
- Dry mouth
Luckily, tooth sensitivity can be treated! Here are some ways to help with treating your tooth sensitivity:
- Use a toothbrush with soft bristles
- Using a toothpaste that is sensitive, ask us about Colgate PreviDent at your next dental cleaning
- Stray away from acidic foods and drinks such as coffee, soda, processed foods, and alcohol
- If you’re grinding your teeth at night talk to us about a night guard
- Stay on top of your water intake to keep your mouth moist as this helps with making sure you have a good amount of saliva in your mouth
- Rather than buying whitening strips from the store that can damage your enamel, talk to us about our teeth whitening services so you can whiten your teeth in a safe manner
Our top priorities are your health and keeping you pain free! If you are experience tooth sensitivity, reach out to us so we can get to the root of the problem!