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Tooth Sensitivity- Causes, Remedies, and When to See Your Dentist

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Sensitive Teeth

Tooth sensitivity has made an impact on millions of adults worldwide and the problem can occur all of a sudden. Sensitive teeth are typically associated with pain that is obtained from drinking hot or cold beverages however teeth sensitivity can be experienced anywhere from a mild discomfort to severe pain that lasts for hours.

Teeth sensitivity is common in patients between the ages of 20 and 40, although it has can affect different age groups including children during their teenage years.

Sensitive Teeth Causes

Individuals may experience teeth sensitivity when a protective layer that covers the enamel is worn down or damaged, exposing the underlying dentin and nerve endings.

When exposed, stimuli such as spicy, hot or cold, acidic, or sticky foods can reach the nerve endings in the tooth, leading to intense pain.

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Other factors that can cause dentin to crack include cracked teeth, root and enamel erosion, and gum recession. Additional causes of tooth sensitivity include:
Brushing Your Teeth Too Hard

Brushing your teeth with aggressive force may be the reason for your teeth sensitivity problem. The amount of force of the bristles from the tooth brush can wear down the protective layers of the teeth. This results in exposing the canals that lead to the nerves, causing sensitivity and discomfort.

Over Indulging In Acidic Foods

High amounts of acidity in foods such as tomato sauce, grapefruit, pickles, kiwi, and lemon can erode the enamel on your teeth, leading to increased sensitivity and a higher risk of cavities.

Grinding Your Teeth

Tooth enamel is known as one of the strongest materials in the human body, however constant grinding can put patients at risk of wearing it down, leading to increased tooth sensitivity, fractures, and other dental issues.

Patients that grind their teeth can protect their teeth with custom made mouthguards from our dental office.
Teeth Whitening Toothpaste and Mouthwash

Many tooth whitening products are made with strong chemical that claim to whiten a patients teeth. Some over-the-counter mouth rinses and washes contain chemicals that can increase tooth sensitivity. Instead of using whitening agents to achieve a brighter smile, consider neutral fluoride rinses and maintaining a good dental hygiene routine with brushing and flossing.

Plaque Buildup

A significant accumulation of plaque can lead to enamel erosion. As your enamel is weaker, it provides less protection against elements which increases the chances of tooth sensitivity. To prevent tooth sensitivity, it is important to practice good daily dental habits and routines.

See a Dentist For Help

The team of professionals at our Aurora dental office have the knowledge and experience to provide treatments for sensitive teeth through a wide range of dental procedures. Protective barriers fabricated from different materials can be placed on top of your sensitive teeth. These barriers help protect the exposed dentin and nerve endings from irritants, reducing sensitivity and discomfort. Our Aurora dentist can recommend various types of barriers, such as dental sealants, fluoride varnishes and specialized bonding agents. These barriers can provide long term relief and improve your overall dental health.

Accurate diagnosis by our dental professionals are an important step for finding the best solution to your tooth sensitivity problem.

The information provided is for general information purposes only and not intended to replace professional care. Please consult your physician or dentist for advice and diagnoses so you can be properly treated for your specific situation.

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