Do you ever experience sensitivity or pain when you bite into something too hot or too cold? Are you ever hesitant to talk or smile because you worry about exposing your teeth to the cold? Did you know that regardless of how long you’ve dealt with tooth sensitivity, there may be something you can do to alleviate your discomfort? But before you can address sensitive teeth, you should know what causes it.
Would you be surprised to learn that your teeth could be sensitive because you are brushing too hard? In reality, if you brush too hard, you’re probably doing more harm than good. If this happens for too long, you could wear down your enamel (the outer layer of your teeth). This will expose your dentin. And because dentin is linked to your nerves, exposed dentin leads to sensitivity.
Similarly, your teeth could be sensitive because you grind your teeth. Unfortunately, many people unknowingly grind their teeth while they are sleeping. When you grind, the ligaments that connect your jaw and teeth get inflamed. This aggravates your nerves and makes your mouth more vulnerable to temperature sensitivity.
Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to combat sensitivity. For example, you can change your diet. Particularly, you should have a diet that is high in calcium which will strengthen your teeth. You should also avoid highly acidic foods and drinks. Calcium will strengthen your teeth and reduce sensitivity. Conversely, acidic foods will further weaken your teeth.
If your problems come from grinding, a dentist can create a custom mouthguard that can stop you from grinding. You should also visit Dr. Charles Anonye regularly for routine cleanings and checkups.
If you are interested in learning more, please feel free to contact Heritage Dental at 717-755-2817. We’re excited to hear from you.