What Is Making My Teeth Sensitive?


Article by Dr. Do Sung of Downtown Dental Choice

Tooth sensitivity is a common dental issue. It may be a consistent sensation, or it could be that you only experience it when you eat or drink items that are hot or cold. Either way, you’re probably wondering what causes teeth to become sensitive or even ache. A number of different culprits could exist, from what you eat to an underlying oral health issue or even your hygiene habits. If you find yourself struggling with tooth sensitivity, consider some of the most common causes.

Overbrushing

There’s no such thing as too much brushing, especially when it comes to good oral hygiene — right? Actually, brushing with too much gusto could be the cause of your sensitive teeth.

When you overbrush, especially with a toothbrush that has hard bristles, the protective layers of your teeth can become worn. Over time, this process exposes microscopic hollow tubes or canals that directly affect your dental nerves. As a result, you can become more sensitive to foods and drinks of extreme temperature and even those that are especially sticky or acidic.

Try giving your teeth a bit of a break by purchasing a softer bristled brush and lightening up on that brushing action.

Grinding Your Teeth

Tooth enamel is the toughest substance in the human body, but even that’s susceptible to wear if you grind your teeth. Many people do it at night without even realizing it’s happening. When you grind, it exposes the middle layer of your teeth, called dentin. This part contains the canals that lead to your dental nerves. The team at Dental Choice can outfit you with a high-quality mouthguard to prevent grinding from causing damage that leads to pain.

Tooth-Whitening Toothpaste or Too Much Mouthwash

Some tooth-whitening toothpastes and certain brands of mouthwash contain alcohol or other chemicals in their formulas. Some people are more susceptible to these agents, which leads to teeth sensitivity. This fact is especially true if you already have exposed dentin. If you find yourself experiencing pain after using these products, you may want to switch to a milder brand. You might even have to forego mouthwash and focus on your brushing and flossing.

Undiagnosed Dental Issues

Even with the most diligent daily dental care, oral health issues can happen to anyone. One of the top symptoms experienced by patients who suffer from these conditions is teeth sensitivity. That’s why it’s crucial to visit your dentist on a regular basis to catch any problems before they lead to painful side effects. Some of the common issues that cause teeth sensitivity include:

  • Receding gums
  • Gum disease (gingivitis)
  • Chipped enamel
  • Cavities
  • Tooth decay surrounding an existing filling (leaky fillings)

Visit the Team at Dental Choice

If you’re struggling with tooth sensitivity, it’s best to find the cause as soon as possible. Reach out to the team at Downtown Dental Choice today to request an appointment. We’ll work hard to determine the underlying issue and come up with the most effective treatment plan for your situation.




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