If sipping hot coffee or eating ice cream makes you wince, you may have tooth sensitivity. While this may be discouraging and painful, there are remedies for your sensitive teeth. Check out some of the main reasons you may be experiencing tooth sensitivity and what you can do about it.
Brushing too harshly. If you’re using a toothbrush with stiff bristles, this can contribute to sensitivity. And brushing with too much force can also be harmful, as it can erode your tooth enamel over time and expose your dental nerves. Stick to a soft-bristled toothbrush and go easy when you brush.
Teeth grinding. Another way to break down your tooth enamel is by grinding your teeth. This can expose the middle layer of your tooth (called dentin) which exposes the hollow tubes that lead to your nerves. You may need a mouth guard if this is the case, so talk to your dentist to see if this may be the best solution for you.
Using whitening toothpaste. Many brands of toothpaste contain chemicals made for whitening your teeth, and you may be one of many who are sensitive to these chemicals. If you think your toothpaste may be contributing to your tooth sensitivity, switch to a brand that doesn’t contain a whitening formula.
Excessive plaque. If you aren’t brushing daily or flossing regularly, your teeth will get plaque buildup, which can then wear away tooth enamel. When this happens, your teeth lose the protection they need to prevent sensitivity. Be diligent about your oral care and visit your dentist twice a year for routine cleanings and exams to keep your mouth healthy.
Receding gums. If you don’t say on top of your oral care, your gums can start to recede as you age, which can make your teeth sensitive. It can also lead to gum disease. See your dentist for a complete evaluation.
To learn more about treating tooth sensitivity, or to schedule an appointment, contact Dr. Stanley Hirst, DDS, and Bethany Jensen, DDS, at Broadway Family Dentistry today by calling 701-839-1299 to schedule a check-up.