Do your teeth feel a bit sensitive when you’re brushing them? Does that sip of hot coffee or bite of cold ice cream make you wince? According to the Academy of General Dentistry, you might be among the approximately 40 million Americans experiencing tooth sensitivity. What causes food sensitivity?
Tooth sensitivity often occurs when tooth enamel is worn down or exposed, such as in areas of gum recession. Enamel is the protective layer that covers your tooth, shielding delicate dental nerves. When the enamel is worn down, your tooth is vulnerable and sensitive. There are many possible causes for enamel erosion.
Thorough brushing, twice a day is recommended, but perhaps you’re brushing with too much enthusiasm. When too much pressure is applied or the toothbrush being used has very hard bristles, the enamel or gum tissues can be worn away.
Tooth Erosion From Foods
Do you love oranges, lemons, or soda? The high amount of acid can negatively affect your tooth enamel, causing it to erode and create sensitive teeth.
Tooth Damage and Decay
A cracked tooth, cavity or old, worn filling makes it easy for bacteria to build up and flourish, causing the enamel to break down further. The result is a painful tooth that needs your dentist’s attention right away.
Commonly known as grinding or clenching, bruxism is something many unknowingly do, even while sleeping. Over time, bruxism can cause the tooth enamel to be worn down and fractures of the tooth may occur.
If you’ve recently undergone a dental procedure such as a crown, filling or teeth whitening, it’s not uncommon to experience some temporary sensitivity.
When experiencing sensitivity, it’s important to consult with your dental office. Only your dentist can help you find the cause and help you get relief from your painful tooth!
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