8 Reasons for Sensitive Teeth

Don't brush your teeth too hard!Do you find yourself wincing when you eat ice cream or when you brush or floss your teeth? If so, you could have tooth sensitivity. Fortunately, there are things you can do to lessen the pain and improve your overall oral health.

Here are some possible reasons why you may be experiencing this problem and steps you can take to ease your discomfort:

1. You’re brushing your teeth too hard – If you do this over an extended period of time, you can wear down protective layers of your teeth and expose microscopic canals that lead to your dental nerves. The best solution is to switch to a toothbrush and softer bristles and be gentler when brushing.

2. You grind your teeth –  Grinding can wear down enamel and expose the middle layer of your teeth. This in turn can render your nerves more sensitive to hot, cold, acidic or sticky foods.  A mouth guard can stop you from grinding.

3. You use tooth-whitening toothpaste or mouthwash –  Both of these products can contain chemicals that make your teeth more sensitive. Consider switching toothpastes and using neutral fluoride rinses.

4. You’ve got gum disease – Gingivitis can cause sensitivity as can receding gums, which become more of a problem as you get older. Your dentist may do a procedure to seal your teeth while treating the gum disease itself.

5. You have excessive plaque – And excessive buildup of plaque can cause your enamel to wear away and make your teeth more sensitive as they lose their enamel protection. The solution is to practice good daily dental care and visit your dentist for cleanings every six months.

6. Your tooth is cracked – A chipped or cracked tooth can cause pain that goes beyond tooth sensitivity. Your dentist can do an evaluation to determine the correct course treatment, such as a cap or an extraction.

7. The edges of old fillings have decay around them – Fillings can weaken and fracture over time. This makes it easy for bacteria to accumulate in these tiny crevices, which causes acid buildup and enamel breakdown. Your dentist can easily replace most old fillings.

8. You’ve just had a major dental procedure – It’s quite common to have some sensitivity after a root canal, an extraction or the placement of a crown.  If the sensitivity doesn’t disappear after a reasonable amount of time, you may have an infection.

A visit to Harlingen Family Dentistry can help determine the cause of any sensitivity you may be experiencing. Our caring staff of dentists will evaluate your condition and develop a treatment plan to help eliminate the pain. Don’t let tooth sensitivity put a damper on your smile.  Contact us today!

Call Harlingen Family Dentistry at 956-622-7991
for your family’s dental needs.

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