If you experience tooth pain when you bite into your morning yogurt, or your teeth hurt when you breathe in cold air unexpectedly, you may have tooth sensitivity.
There are a variety of things that can cause your teeth to feel sensitive, and you may want to avoid them if you can:
Brushing: a simple fix is changing the way you brush. Investing in a soft bristled toothbrush and brushing in gentle circle motions instead of sawing back and forth with go a long way in protecting your tooth enamel.
Grinding: if you are grinding your teeth this may require more intervention. Over time, grinding your teeth will wear down your enamel and expose the sensitive layer of dentin underneath. If you are grinding your teeth during the day, you may be able to find ways to de-stress that help, and awareness is key. If you are grinding your teeth at night, however, you may want to wear a plastic night guard that will protect your teeth while you sleep and help you get a better night’s sleep!
Toothpaste: in your quest for brighter, whiter teeth, if you are using products that have baking soda and peroxide you may end up with tooth sensitivity.
Food: If you love lemon in your tea, eat grapefruits and oranges like they are candy, or munch on tomatoes you might be aggravating your tooth sensitivity without realizing it. Acidic foods, while very healthy for the body, are not your teeth’s best friend because they wear your enamel down, and expose the more sensitive dentin layer underneath.
Gum Disease: If your gums are tender and inflamed you may have exposed tooth root which will cause your teeth to hurt. Gum disease, or gingivitis, is something that your dentist can help you prevent. Regular brushing and flossing go a long way to preventing gum disease.
Please give us a call if you have any questions or concerns about tooth sensitivity 941-926-4888 and let us help your teeth feel their best!