There you are, it’s a hot day and you finally found the time to sit still, enjoy the day, and indulge in a cold one. Everything is perfect, but before the taste even registers on your tongue, the experience is tinged by a stinging in your teeth.
Studied show that 1 in 8 adults experience sensitive teeth to some degree. Sensitive teeth are most common in young adults, with the more susceptible patients being women, those using at-home whitening kits, and patients with receding gums.
In our dental clinic in Garden Grove, we try to educate every patient experiencing sensitive teeth on the many different causes of sensitivity, as well as what can be done to minimize sensitivity.
Causes of Tooth Sensitivity
Overbrushing: For some patients, too much brushing can be a bad thing. Overbrushing, brushing with a hard toothbrush, and grinding your teeth can cause excessive wear to your enamel, exposing the dentin.
Damage: if you’ve broken or chipped your tooth, there’s a good chance it will be extra sensitive.
Gum disease: Gingivitis can cause the gums to be inflamed, which can cause them to pull back and expose your teeth to sensitivity.
Grinding: grinding or clenching your teeth can inevitably cause undue wear to your enamel, exposing your dentin and contributing to sensitivity.
Whitening products: Whitening products, especially those of the “at-home” variety can be a major contributor to sensitivity. For some patients, sensitivity won’t persist and will remain dull. Others are far more sensitive, making in-office teeth whitening a more viable and comfortable option.
Recent Dental Work: If you’ve recently had some work done on your teeth, ranging from a cleaning or crown placement to more serious dental restorations, you can expect teeth to be extra sensitive.
Highly acidic foods: If the food you’re eating has a high degree of acid, it can wear your enamel down over time. In addition to drinking water for hydration, if your diet includes lots of tomatoes, citrus, pickles, or fruit — you’re also drinking to rinse.
Will Tooth Sensitivity Go Away?
Because your enamel doesn’t really grow back (though you could often accomplish the desired result with a crown) if you’re susceptible to sensitive teeth, that susceptibility won’t exactly go away, but there are plenty of ways to prevent it. These include:
Practice Good Oral Hygiene: using good brushing techniques, regularly flossing, using antiseptic mouthwash, and fluoride rinses are all the average patient needs to alleviate the most common symptoms of sensitivity.
Use toothpaste for sensitive teeth: finding the right toothpaste is critical. If you ever experience sensitive teeth, a toothpaste formulated for sensitive teeth will act as a shield to even some of the most intense sensitivity. Need help finding a good toothpaste? Read our guide to finding the best toothpaste.
Use dental products with Fluoride: Rinses, toothpastes, and the works. If it’s got fluoride, it will help.
.Are you grinding?: If you or a partner have been woken up by the sound of you grinding your teeth at night, or if your dentist has noticed the signs of tooth grinding, a night guard might be recommended. Night guards are inexpensive, prevent damage to your teeth, and patients report that they’re incredibly easy to get used to.
Have more questions? We’ve got more answers
Are you a patient in the Garden Grove our Fountain Valley area with questions about sensitive teeth? Get in touch with Primary Dental Care of Garden Grove for more information.