Causes of Tooth Sensitivity
Tooth sensitivity is never a comfortable experience and it can significantly impact your quality of life. It occurs when the tooth has worn down and the nerves are exposed. Enamel is a protective layer over the dentin of the tooth. When it wears away, the dentin is exposed which can cause your teeth to become sensitive to hot or cold temperatures. Teeth may also be sensitive to sticky, acidic, or sugary foods. Here are some of the common causes of tooth sensitivity.
Tooth Decay or Damage
Tooth decay leads to a wearing down of the enamel. Broken teeth can leave the dentin exposed, which will also lead to sensitivity. Preventing tooth decay requires brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once. It is also important to obtain regular dental cleanings.
Consistently eating a diet high in sugar or acid can lead to tooth decay. Soda is one of the biggest causes of tooth decay. Changing the foods you eat can help you strengthen your teeth and prevent damage from occurring.
Brushing Too Hard
Brushing too hard consistently or with a hard-bristled toothbrush can wear away the enamel of the teeth. Similarly, too harsh whitening agents can result in damage to your tooth. These are all capable of resulting in tooth sensitivity.
Grinding your teeth at night can cause damage to them and leave the dentin exposed. Obtaining a night guard or practicing relaxation methods can help prevent sensitivity from occurring.
Whitening treatments often cause temporary sensitivity. The sensitivity should fade in time.
If tooth sensitivity is unbearable or lasts for an extended period of time, you should contact your dentist to ensure there isn’t a serious underlying problem. Your dentist will be able to pinpoint what is causing your tooth sensitivity. To learn more about how to prevent tooth sensitivity, contact us at Jenson Dental today!