If you find yourself in pain when enjoying some ice cream, hot soup, or sweet and sour foods, you probably have sensitive teeth. Teeth sensitivity is a common condition involving pain or discomfort in response to certain foods coming into contact with the teeth.
Our team at Korte Family Dentistry in Lincoln, Nebraska, has put together a list of causes of teeth sensitivity and some tips on how to avoid it below.
When the protective layer of your tooth thins down or wears away, it exposes the underlying layers and can cause sensitivity. You might experience sensitivity in one tooth or several, and the pain and discomfort associated with it can either be persistent or sporadic.
Here are the most common causes of teeth sensitivity:
Improper brushing and flossing as well as the frequent use of chemical teeth whiteners can cause teeth sensitivity. A hard-bristled toothbrush or brushing too hard, especially from side to side and along the gum line, can wear away your enamel, leaving the teeth vulnerable.
A chip or crack in your enamel can result in tooth sensitivity. The acids in certain foods and drinks like soda and starchy and sugary foods also have a corrosive effect on enamel and can render a tooth sensitive as well as lead to decay.
Medical conditions like gastroesophageal disease (GERD) bring stomach acids up the esophagus and into the mouth and can also damage the enamel.
Apart from these, clenching your teeth when you are angry or stressed or grinding your teeth in your sleep can cause the tooth enamel to wear over time.
Visit your dentist regularly to assess your general dental health. The right oral hygiene routine can prevent several dental issues, including teeth sensitivity.
Here are a few ways to prevent teeth sensitivity:
To learn more about the causes of teeth sensitivity and how to avoid it, contact Korte Family Dentistry at (402) 489-3115 or visit us at 3901 Normal Blvd STE 202, Lincoln, NE 68506.
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