Have you ever taken a big gulp of cold water and felt a surprising pain right through to your jaw? Maybe it was a sip of hot coffee that almost put you through the roof. Hot and cold beverages or foods can be problematic if you have tooth sensitivity, and it makes you wonder what caused it. Here’s why you shouldn’t ignore tooth sensitivity.
Common Causes Of Tooth Sensitivity
Tooth sensitivity can come on suddenly and has a number of common causes.
Sometimes our gums recede and pull away from our teeth due to wear and tear. This exposes the root of the tooth. Our roots only have a thin layer of something called cementum.
When this becomes worn away from brushing, it exposes the layer of dentine. In turn, the dentine leads right to the nerves of the tooth called the pulp. If we eat or drink something hot or cold, or even breath in cold air in the winter, we can experience pain.
A hard bristled brush will also expose the dentine along with grinding out teeth at night. Both lead to tooth sensitivity.
Other reasons include the following:
- Using at-home whitening kits
- Acidic foods can destroy the enamel of our teeth exposing the dentine
- Tooth decay near the gumline
- Gastroesophageal reflux or GERD
- Broken or chipped teeth
Don’t Ignore Tooth Sensitivity
It may be a temporary problem or it can become chronic, but do something about it.
Find a toothpaste made for sensitive teeth. Buy a soft toothbrush instead of a hard one and brush at a 45 degree angle to avoid the cementum. Quit drinking caffeine at bedtime to avoid grinding your teeth, and avoid mouthwashes with alcohol.
Ask Manhattan Dental Arts For Guidance
Schedule an appointment at Manhattan Dental Arts and discuss any issues you are experiencing. You may pick up additional tips for avoiding tooth sensitivity, and they can recommend prescription strength toothpaste and mouthwash to reduce sensitivity.
They will evaluate if there are underlying medical issues or if it is due to tooth decay or gum disease. In addition, they can provide a mouth guard if teeth grinding is part of the problem.
Tooth sensitivity is nothing to ignore.