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10 Biggest Causes of Tooth Sensitivity

Almost 50% of our population suffers from tooth sensitivity, most adults usually experience this between the ages of 18-35 years old. Here are 10 biggest causes of tooth sensitivity.

  1. Aggressive brushing- If you’re a person that uses to much force while brushing those pearly whites and/or uses hard bristled brushes, you could be wearing down the protective layers of your teeth. Try using a soft bristled brush and a softer hand.
  2. Acidic Foods/Beverages- Acidic products such as tomato sauce, lemons, grapefruits, kiwis, pickles and red wines contain high acidic levels causing pathways to your nerves to be exposed which then leads to tooth sensitivity.
  3. Teeth grinder- Whether or not you know it, you might be grinding your teeth while you’re sleeping. Teeth grinding wears down tooth enamel which exposes the dentin (middle layer of the tooth) which contains hollow tubes that lead to your nerves. Talk to your dentist about custom made mouth guards that help protect your teeth while you sleep.
  4. Whitening toothpastes- Although, everyone reacts to products differently, whitening toothpaste can cause sensitivity as well. Try a different toothpaste made specifically for sensitive teeth.
  5. Mouthwasher- Over the counter mouthwashes use alcohol and other chemicals that make your teeth sensitive. Try using a neutral fluoride rinse or skip mouth wash and floss and brush more.
  6. Gum Disease- If you’re experiencing bad breath, red or swollen gums, painful chewing, loose teeth, sensitive teeth or receding gums, these are all signs of gum disease. Periodontal disease causes the loss of the supporting bone around a tooth through an inflammatory reaction.
  7.  Excessive Plaque- Excessive build up of plaque can cause tooth enamel to wear away. Your teeth become more sensitive as they lose protection provided by enamel.
  8.  Dental Procedures- When there is inflammation and swelling caused by a sick tooth, this ligament can also be swollen and sick. It takes some time for that swelling to reduce and the tissue be normal again after the work is completed.
  9. Cracked tooth- The nerve inside the tooth may be damaged causing extreme discomfort. This can also happen when nerve endings in the dentin are exposed to air or hot or cold foods or drinks. Pain from a broken or cracked tooth may be constant or may come and go. Many people feel pain when they chew because chewing puts pressure on the tooth.
  10. Old fillings- Decay can cause further damage if not treated appropriately. Bacteria finds a way to enter your oral system and will eventually increase and multiply at great pace before it can be stopped.

If you’re experiencing tooth sensitivity, it’s best to set up an appointment with your dentist and allow them to come up with a treatment plan for you. Call our office today 619-276-6884!

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