Some factors that contribute to sensitive teeth may include:
- Brushing too hard or using a hard-bristled toothbrush. This can wear down the enamel, causing dentin to become exposed, or encourage gum recession.
- Gum recession. This often happens in people suffering from periodontal disease; it also exposes dentin.
- Inflamed and sore gum tissue can result in exposure of the tooth’s root.
- Cracked teeth. These can become filled with bacteria from plaque and cause inflammation in the pulp of the tooth. In more severe cases, it may lead to abscess and infection.
- Teeth grinding or clenching. This can wear down enamel.
- Plaque buildup.
- Long-term use of mouthwash. Some over-the-counter mouthwashes are acidic. If dentin is exposed, the acids can make existing tooth sensitivity worse and also further damage the dentin layer. There are neutral fluoride mouthwashes available that might be a better option.
- Acidic foods. These can encourage enamel reduction.
- Dental procedures. Teeth may be sensitive after professional cleaning, crown replacement, and other tooth restoration procedures. Usually, the pain will disappear in four to six weeks.
- Strain of the dental ligament. The tiny ligaments that support each tooth can become inflamed in response to heavy clenching or grinding—especially when one tooth is absorbing the brunt of the force and It traumatizes the dental nerve. The nerve tissue inside of the tooth can become traumatized by the force of one tooth banging into another.
One of the standard treatments for tooth sensitivity is using a toothpaste that can help desensitize, and it’s important to ensure your toothpaste always has fluoride in it — even if desensitizing. But, this treatment doesn’t get to the core of the problem. Sometimes dental crowns and implants are necessary to handle big cases of sensitivity.
Most importantly, if you’re experiencing tooth sensitivity, it is likely a signal of an issue with your teeth. Contact us today at 1-866-828-2871 for more information.