Tooth Sensitivity: Ten Common Causes

Tooth Sensitivity: Ten Common Causes

Apr 25, 2019

Many people suffer from sharp, shooting pain in the teeth when consuming ice-cream or acidic foods. Even many Americans face tooth sensitivity issues regularly.

This sharp pain usually occurs when the middle layer of teeth, dentin is exposed due to the receding gum tissue. Dentin directly leads to the nerve centre of the tooth and when it becomes exposed, results in the pain you feel.

There are so many reasons that you might be suffering from sensitivity but the 10 most common issues have been reported here.

The 10 most common causes of tooth sensitivity

  • Brushing too hard

Brushing with too much force or use of hard-bristled toothbrush wears down the enamel and causes gum recession over time. The sensitive layer, the dentin becomes exposed and leads to discomfort.

  • Tooth decay near gums

Tooth decay near the gums or fillings leads to the breakdown of enamel.

  • Intake of acidic foods

Frequent consumption of highly acidic foods such as citrus fruits, tomatoes, or pickles not only causes pain but causes enamel erosion also.

  • Use of teeth whitening products

Teeth whitening chemicals added toothpaste or whitening strips causes sensitivity.

  • Cracked teeth

Chipped or broken teeth allow the bacteria to enter nerves and causes inflammation.

  • Teeth grinding

Grinding or clenching teeth at night wears down enamel, exposing the sensitive parts of your teeth.

  • Gum disease

Gum disease causes inflamed and sore gum tissue which increases sensitivity.

  • Mouthwash use

Mouthwashes contain chemicals and alcohols like teeth whitening products which make teeth more sensitive.

  • Recent dental procedures

Tooth sensitivity can increase if you’ve had a dental procedure such as a root canal, teeth cleaning, or extraction which is temporary.

  • Plaque build-up

Excessive plaque build-up and the presence of plaque on root surfaces cause enamel to wear down and lead to sensitivity.

Sensitivity is a common and treatable problem. Maintain good oral hygiene and properly brush and floss. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste for sensitive teeth.

If the problem persists and causes frequent pain, visit a dentist. Tooth sensitivity affects many people but you don’t have to be one.

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