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Do your teeth feel sensitive when you sip a cup of coffee or indulge in ice cream? If so, you’re not alone. More than 3 million people report having sensitive teeth each year in the United States.
In general, your teeth may feel more sensitive when you lose enamel. Enamel is the white, outer protective layer of your teeth. Once you lose enamel, it’s gone for good. That’s why it’s important that you practice good oral hygiene.
When you lose enamel, heat and cold are able to reach the nerves inside your tooth. This is what causes sensitivity to temperature fluctuations.
If your tooth sensitivity doesn’t go away after a day or two, schedule an appointment with our dentist.
In the meantime, here’s what you need to know about what causes sensitive teeth.
Not Brushing Your Teeth Properly
While it’s important to remove plaque from your teeth, make sure you aren’t brushing too hard.
Using too much force or using a hard-bristled toothbrush can wear down your tooth enamel. This will expose the dentin and increase your sensitivity over time.
To, brush your teeth using gentle circular motions. If you’re worried about leaving behind dental plaque, be sure also floss and use a fluoride mouth rinse.
Eating and Drinking Too Much Sugar
It’s not uncommon for people to experienceafter eating a lot of sweets. The bacteria in your mouth love to eat any sugar left behind and produce acids that can erode tooth enamel.
If you plan on eating more sugary foods and drinks, don’t forget to brush and floss your teeth. The best way to prevent dental plaque buildup and tooth sensitivity is to eat a balanced diet.
Do you grind your teeth at night? Over time, teeth grinding can wear down your enamel and make your teeth more sensitive to hot and cold foods. You may also experience headaches, cracked teeth, and sleep disruption.
If you suspect you are grinding your teeth at night, please do not hesitate to contact our dentist. Dr. Habecker can create a custom night guard to provide a barrier between your upper and lower teeth.
Whitening Your Teeth Too Much
Professional teeth whitening can whiten your teeth by several shades. But you’ll need to consult with your dentist before scheduling a treatment.
Different people have different pain tolerances. This is why only some people experience sensitivity after teeth whitening.
Also, whitening your teeth too much can weaken the enamel over time. Avoid this common mistake and check out our blog post on the best way to whiten teeth.
One of the symptoms of gum disease is receding gums, which is when your gums start to pull away from your teeth. When this happens, you may experience tooth sensitivity. This is because the gum has receded enough to expose the roots of your teeth. These tooth roots are sensitive to extreme temperatures.
The beginning stages of gingivitis can be reversed with good oral hygiene. But periodontitis is an irreversible condition.
To slow the damaging effects of periodontitis, our dentist may recommend scaling and root planing.
Request an Appointment With Us
It’s never a good idea to ignore dental pain and discomfort. That’s why we recommend you schedule an appointment with our dentist in Holland, MI. Dr. Habecker would be more than happy to help you restore your oral health.