Most of us experience sensitive teeth at some point in our lives. This can be caused by acidic foods, certain toothpastes, flossing the wrong way and a host of other things. If you are experiencing sensitive teeth, look at the following things and see what you are doing wrong…..
- You may be brushing your teeth with too much enthusiasm. When you brush with too much gusto or force with a hard bristled toothbrush, you may begin to experience tooth sensitivity. The protective layers of your teeth can get worn down and the microscopic hollow tubes or canals that lead to your dental nerves are exposed. When cold, hot, sweet, sticky or acidic foods touch these hollow tubes, you will feel discomfort and sensitivity. Consult your dentist at Toothworks and you will be recommended a softer toothbrush and you can also learn how to brush gently.
- If you are a tooth grinder, the enamel of your teeth can get worn down, even though it is the strongest part of your body. Your dentin is now exposed (the middle layer of your teeth) and here is where the hollow tubes that lead to your nerves are located. Your dentist at Toothworks can recommend a mouth guard for you that can help stop you from grinding your teeth.
- If you pick tooth whitening toothpastes, you should know that there are chemicals in these toothpastes that can cause your teeth to be sensitive. Try switching toothpastes.
- If you are in the habit of using a mouthwash, take note that some of these mouthwashes contain alcohol and chemicals that can make your teeth feel sensitive.
- Go for regular check-ups at Toothworks and look for signs of receding gums if you are experiencing tooth sensitivity. Gingivitis can cause sensitivity and your dentist can easily suggest a procedure to seal your teeth and take care of your gums.