What Causes Tooth Sensitivity and How to Deal with it. – Dental Care Experts

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What Causes Tooth Sensitivity and How to Deal with it.

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Teeth sensitivity is a common problem found in many people in United States. The symptoms are easy to spot, really. Usually you feel sudden pain when you’re eating or drinking something cold or hot. The pain usually only occurs when your teeth are exposed to cold or hot temperature. Below are 5 most common tooth sensitivity causes and how to deal with them:

  1. Acidic foods

Your habit in eating acidic food can bite you. Overexposure to acidic foods such as lemon, pickles, tomato sauce, grapefruit and exotic delicacies made of vinegar can slowly brush away your enamel. If you haven’t had tooth sensitivity, then you should eat those foods in moderation and always brush after eating them. Don’t let them sit on your teeth overnight. If you have already gotten the teeth sensitivity, you may want to reduce the amount of acidic food and beverages you’re taking.

  1. Brush too strong, wrong toothpaste

Brushing using excessive force can also damage the enamel and expose holes that reaches to the dentin. There are two factors for this: first is your strength and the second is the type of bristle you’re using. You need to use less force while brushing and replace that hard bristle to soft bristle.

Another common problem is the use of whitening tooth paste. There are many toothpaste companies out there releasing tooth paste that is designed specifically to whiten your teeth. Usually they use hydrogen peroxide as the active ingredient which overuse of this paste can grind away your protective enamel. Not everyone are intolerant to whitening toothpaste, and in general they are a very safe product when used according to the instruction. However, people with sensitive teeth should avoid them.

P.S. overuse of mouthwash may also resulted in teeth sensitivity

  1. Tooth grinder

As you know, there are people who grind their teeth while sleeping. These people have an increased risk of teeth sensitivity because over the time grinding your teeth wears down the enamel. If you are one of these people, we recommend you to make an appointment with a dentist and ask for mouth guard.

  1. You have a oral health problem

Several oral health problems, including gum disease or gingivitis, tooth decay, excessive plaque and cracked teeth may cause tooth sensitivity. Usually when you have these oral health problems the pain lasts longer than the regular pain caused by other tooth sensitivity causes. There may be some swelling too. The solution would be to visit the dentist immediately to see your options. Usually treating these problems will also remove teeth sensitivity.

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  1. After dental procedure

Typically some people may experience sensitive teeth after they visit the dentist. There are several procedures that may cause this, including tooth extraction, crown placement, root canal, or in office teeth whitening procedure. However, the sensitivity should only last for a short period of time. If it doesn’t, we advise you to contact your dentist again for a follow up to see if there’s an infection.

There you go, hopefully these 5 causes of sensitive teeth may help!

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