Do you avoid hot or cold drinks because of the pain that’s sure to follow? Or, maybe it’s sweets or cold air triggering your discomfort. For people with sensitive teeth, these actions may cause sharp temporary pain. The team at Marcus Dental Practice wants to review common causes of sensitive teeth.
Causes of Sensitive Teeth
Brushing Too Hard — Brushing teeth too aggressively or using a hard-bristled toothbrush can wear away enamel, which may expose dentin. Also, it can lead to receding gums and root exposure.
Grinding Teeth — Over time, grinding the teeth wears down enamel and exposes dentin, which may cause sensitivity and increased risk of decay.
Acidic Foods — Eating acidic foods like tomatoes, kiwi, grapefruit, lemon, and pickles regularly can wear away enamel and cause pain when the dentin is compromised.
Whitening Toothpaste — Many brands of whitening toothpaste contain chemicals that increase sensitivity for some people.
Mouthwash — Avid users of mouthwash containing alcohol and other chemicals are at an increased risk of tooth sensitivity, particularly if dentin is exposed.
Gum Disease — Receding gums caused by gum disease can lead to exposed roots, which may cause sensitivity.
Plaque Buildup — When too much plaque builds up, it can cause enamel to wear away and make teeth sensitive.
Dental Procedure — If you’ve recently had dental treatment such as extraction, root canal, or crown preparation, you may experience short-term sensitivity.
Cracked Tooth — A cracked or chipped tooth can cause sensitivity and pain. See the dentist to evaluate your tooth to determine the best treatment option.
Tooth Decay — Decayed teeth can cause acid buildup and worn enamel, which may lead to sensitive teeth.
To help with sensitivity, brush your teeth gently with a soft bristle toothbrush, use a desensitizing toothpaste, and practice good oral hygiene. People who grind their teeth should ask for a night guard to protect teeth from fractures and worn enamel.
When you have recurring sensitivity, it’s essential to identify the cause and get the best solution. Contact our office to schedule an appointment. We serve patients in Chicago, Illinois, and the surrounding areas.