Learn more about the causes and solutions for sensitive teeth.
Do you experience pain after drinking a hot or cold beverage? This pain may indicate the presence of sensitive teeth.
Sensitive teeth can have many causes, including:
Keep reading for more information on these causes as well as our list of remedies.
Improper brushing techniques are a common cause of sensitive teeth. If you use a hard toothbrush or do not brush your teeth correctly, you can wear away the protective tooth enamel.
A toothbrush abrasion from powerful and aggressive brushing can be seen at the gum line of teeth. If the bristles of your toothbrush look all curly after one week of use, you are doing it wrong!
Remember: it is a toothbrush, not a toothscrub!
We can assist you with better techniques for a soft manual toothbrush or an electric toothbrush.
The regular intake of acidic food and drinks can be the cause of sensitive teeth. Lemon water and kombucha are both very bad for your teeth!
You should not brush your teeth immediately after having acidic foods or drinks. The low pH (acidity) causes a softening of the exposed surface of the tooth. If you brush right after consumption of something acidic, you may remove tooth structure.
It is better to buffer the acid with water or milk or a mouthwash containing Fluoride and to wait an hour before brushing.
Stomach problems such as reflux and bulimia cause similar issues.
As you get older, you may find that your gums are receding. Incorrect brushing and flossing techniques can cause gums to recede or pull back, exposing the roots of the teeth.
Once this area is exposed, the chance of sensitivity is greatly increased. This can lead to further problems, such as gum problems or root decay.
Root surfaces are a lot more vulnerable to decay as they don’t have the protective enamel. This occurs more quickly when the saliva flow is reduced.
Clenching and grinding your teeth (a.k.a. “bruxism”) can also lead to sensitivity and loss of tooth substance.
Ultimately, your habits as well as the underlying source of the sensitivity will determine how to effectively treat sensitive teeth. Consistent tooth sensitivity that does not respond to conservative treatments is usually an indication of a more serious problem.
If you’re concerned about sensitive teeth, or if your tooth sensitivity is so severe that you cannot brush or floss properly, please contact us to arrange for an appointment.
We can find out what is wrong and help you!
The information in this article is presented only as a general guide. A final diagnosis and solution can only be established by tests performed by your dentist.