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Top 4 Causes of Tooth Sensitivity

Posted on 7/25/2016 by Sergio Ortegon
A woman suffering from a sensitive tooth.Tooth sensitivity can cause a lot of discomfort. There are several potential causes of this sensitivity, but fortunately there are things that can be done to help alleviate the pain.


Grinding one's teeth is an unconscious act that can be done day or night, though it is usually associated with nighttime.

Night grinding is often the result of other sleep issues, such as snoring or sleep apnea. Continual grinding wears down the enamel of your teeth, exposing dentin, which is where the tubes that lead to your nerves. If you grind your teeth at night, you can be fit with a special mouth guard that will help protect your tooth enamel from further damage.

Rough Brushing

You already know that thoroughly brushing your teeth is crucial to good oral hygiene. So vigorous scrubbing must be better, right? Not so. Brushing your teeth too hard can wear down the enamel of your teeth as well as your gums.

This can lead to exposing the nerves to the elements, leading to not only sensitivity but tooth decay as well. Foods that are too hot or too cold, acidic, sticky or sweet can easily trigger pain due to sensitivity. Even breathing in cold air can cause pain. The best way to avoid sensitivity is to use a gentler hand when brushing and switch to a softer bristled brush.

Gum Disease

Gum disease and gingivitis can cause inflammation of the gums, making them recede from your teeth, exposing dentin, roots and nerves. Your gums won't grow back. The best way to treat sensitivity due to gum disease is to have the disease treated. You could also have the teeth sealed.

Acidic Foods

The acid present in many foods can cause your teeth to erode, which, once again, leaves your nerves open to attack. These foods include tomatoes, tomato sauce and citrus fruits. The best way to prevent sensitivity due to acidic foods is to avoid them as much as possible.

Tooth sensitivity is no fun. No matter what the cause, though, there are things you can do to keep the pain at bay. Please contact us if you have any questions about tooth sensitivity.
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