Ouch! Ah! The sounds you make when your tooth greets a hot or cold drink and sweet food. Why is this happening to you? A substance known as dentin, the layer located below your gums and tooth enamel, has become exposed. Now, you are suffering from the sharp shooting pain associated with teeth sensitivity, but how did you get it? You have two options to find out:
- Visit Spring Cypress Dental for an examination
- Root out the cause yourself, and then come to visit us to fix the problem.
For your knowledge, we have come with the following list of factors that can lead to teeth sensitivity:
Culprit #1: Tooth-whitening Toothpaste
Tooth-whitening toothpaste is filled with chemicals and overuse of them can cause tooth sensitivity. However, this may not be the cause for everyone, as some people’s teeth are more sensitive to the chemicals found in the tooth-whitening toothpaste than others. If you are sensitive to tooth-whitening toothpaste, you need to change your brand.
Culprit #2: Mouthwash
The main ingredient in mouthwashes is alcohol mixed with other chemicals not good for your teeth. The ingredients in the mouthwash can make your teeth sensitive, especially if the dentin is already exposed. Instead, you should buy neutral fluoride rinses or better yet, adopt the habits of regularly brushing your teeth and flossing.
Culprit #3: Gum Disease
Your gums have begun to recede with age, which is common but can also lead to teeth sensitivity. If you have not taken care of your teeth as you are supposed to, gum disease and tooth sensitivity will be around the corner for you, waiting to strike. You might want to visit Spring Cypress Dental to treat more than just teeth sensitivity, but gum disease as well.
Culprit #4: Excessive Plague
If you are not a regular brusher or you do not floss, your dental health is in jeopardy. Plague in abundance will form in your teeth, causing your enamel to deteriorate. When you lose enamel protection, your next stop is teeth sensitivity. You need to include visits to the dentist in your daily routine, at least after every six months.
Culprit #5: Infection
Sometimes, after a dental procedure such as a root canal, your teeth can become sensitive, which is normal. However, if the sensitivity persists, you need to visit your dentist again, as you might have an infection, which needs to be treated.
Culprit #6: Cracked Tooth
If you have chipped or cracked your tooth, you can expect to suffer some extent of tooth sensitivity. You might need to extract it or have a cap placed on it. Your dentist will be able to tell you what the best solution for your cracked or chipped tooth is.
Are any of the problems mentioned above the cause for your teeth sensitivity? If you were unable to identify the problem, you need to make an appointment with Spring Cypress Dental to let our dentists have a look at the issue and root it out.