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May
7

Common Causes of Sensitive Teeth

Posted in Teeth Whitening

When your teeth are sensitive, it interferes with almost everything you do; from how you chew your food, what type of toothpaste you can use, to the snacks you enjoy. The type of sensitivity that you experience is a clue to what is causing the sensitivity, and many causes can come from things we do each day that we simply don’t give much consideration to. Here are a few of the most popular reasons that teeth experience sensitivity:

The wrong toothpaste.

Do you use a whitening toothpaste? If you are, the whitening ingredients may be making the enamel sensitive. Try changing it out with another toothpaste (or a sensitivity blend) for 2 weeks to see if your symptoms go away. 

Tooth decay.

Sensitivity to food or drinks that are sweet in nature can create a sharp pain in specific teeth if a cavity is present. If you’ve noticed this developing, it’s time to have an x-ray taken to see if there’s a cavity, so that your dentist can catch it while it’s as small as possible. 

Dental fillings.

If a filing is beginning to wear out, symptoms of sensitivity may arise due to leakage around the restoration. Sometimes new fillings that are quite large can cause the nerve of the tooth to be hypersensitive until it adjusts. 

Whitening products.

Whitening treatments open up the pores of the teeth as they remove deep-set stains that were once blocking them. This can cause generalized sensitivity, especially if the patient is not using a professional teeth whitening kit. Always consult your dentist before you begin using any types of at home whitening products.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Omar Damji, Executive Park Dentistry

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