You’ve been invited to a family outing at your favorite ice cream shop, but there’s a problem: Your teeth have been sensitive for quite some time now, and you struggle to enjoy the foods you once have because of it. You know that it’s something that you have to talk to your dentist about at your upcoming appointment. According to the Academy of General Dentistry, about 40 million adults experience tooth sensitivity at some point in their lives in the U.S. But what are some of the main causes?
Are you experiencing dental discomfort when you do something as simple as drink cold water or pain when you’re brushing and flossing that has never been there before? You might have tooth sensitivity, and it could have many causes.
Brushing too Heavily: When you brush with too much force, you could run into bouts of tooth sensitivity. Or, perhaps you have been using a toothbrush with bristles that are much too hard. Over time, this could have a devastating effect on your teeth, because you could expose hollow tubes that lead to your dental nerves. Sometimes it can be a big help to switch to softer bristles and to be gentler when you are brushing.
Acidic Foods: Acidic foods could worsen symptoms when the pathways to your nerves are exposed. This includes foods like tomato sauce, lemon, grapefruit, pickles, and more. If you avoid these foods, you could also avoid tooth pain.
Teeth Grinding: Over time, grinding your teeth can wear down the enamel. The middle of your tooth could be exposed. To stop yourself from grinding, you could always talk to your dentist about finding the right mouth guard for yourself.
Tooth-Whitening: Manufacturers are known for adding tooth-whitening chemicals to their toothpaste, which can cause sensitivity. If your toothpaste has tooth whitening agents and your teeth have felt sensitivity because of it, consider switching to a new brand.
Gum Disease: Receding gums can cause tooth sensitivity, especially when you haven’t kept up with your dental health. If you have gingivitis, your dentist can help come up with the right treatment plan to help keep your teeth feeling at their best, as well as suggest a procedure to seal your teeth if they believe you will benefit from it.
Excessive Plaque: When you have allowed plaque to build up on your teeth, it might have caused your tooth’s enamel to wear away. When this protection leaves your teeth, you may experience sensitivity. This means that you should keep up with your dental visits as well as practice good dental habits every day.
Cracked Tooth: If you have a chipped or cracked tooth, it could cause tooth sensitivity as well as a variety of other pains. Your dentist will take a closer look and determine if you should have a cap or an extraction.
Sensitive teeth usually lead to a complex dental issue, which is why it is important to seek the help of a dentist as soon as you begin having issues. At McBride Dental, we have a mission of giving you a brighter smile and making you feel wonderful about the state of your dental health. We want to help you if you are dealing with tooth sensitivity or another dental issue. Give us a call today at 760-471-1003 to make an appointment.