Do you experience frequent tooth pain? Wondering what you can do to stop the discomfort? Tooth sensitivity can be a real pain and not only cause discomfort but can also interfere with day-to-day life. Various things such as temperature and acidity can also make the discomfort even worse. So what exactly causes tooth sensitivity? Here are five common causes:
1. Hard-Bristled Toothbrush
Most people think the hardest bristles combined with hard brushing is the perfect way to get all of the plaque, tartar, and bacteria out of your mouth. However, this can actually be damaging to your enamel and tooth, increasing the risk of dentin exposure and pain.
2. Teeth Whitening
Through the years, teeth whitening has become an extremely popular cosmetic dentistry treatment; however, not all teeth whitening products are created equal. Many of the over-the-counter whitening kits contain chemicals which not only remove stains but also remove enamel!
3. Damaged Tooth
When a tooth becomes damaged (chipped, fractured, decayed) it can allow bacteria to enter the tooth, which can cause the pulp and root of the tooth to become infected, inflamed and in pain.
4. Clenching & Grinding
Patients that suffer from TMD/TMJ or unconscious clenching and grinding of teeth often experience tooth sensitivity due to wearing down the enamel of teeth and often causes damage such as chips and cracks as well.
5. Periodontal Disease
As periodontal disease progresses, gums become loose and detach from the teeth; this can create pockets, exposing tooth roots. When the tooth roots become exposed, most patients will begin to experience chronic tooth sensitivity and discomfort.
Tooth Sensitivity Treatments
Luckily for dental patients that suffer from sensitive teeth, there are quite a few treatment options which can help you overcome your tooth pain. These treatments can be done at home with over-the-counter products or at a professional dental practice like A Smile 4 U. Interested in kissing your sensitivity goodbye? Here are a few tips:
- Use desensitizing toothpaste.
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush, and brush gently.
- Use fluoridated mouthwash.
- Avoid acidic foods/beverages.
- Avoid sugary foods/beverages.
- Visit a dentist for a customized night guard to reduce damage from clenching/grinding.
- Visit a dentist to discuss other treatment options such as crowns, fluoride treatments, sealants, etc.