If you flinch every time you have something hot/cold or even brush your teeth a little harder, then you may have sensitive teeth. This is a very common problem for any age group.
Below are five common reasons why you may have tooth sensitivity
1. Tooth Whitening Toothpaste
Tooth whitening toothpaste is a common culprit of teeth sensitivity and if you do suffer from sensitive teeth, your dentist may warn you against this type of toothpaste. This is because tooth whitening toothpaste use chemicals and abrasives to reduce surface stains, which may cause sensitivity. If you really want to whiten your teeth, you should talk to your dentist first to strategize how to decrease your risk of sensitivity, with such products as fluoride rinses or stronger fluoridated toothpastes prior to, and during, whitening.
2. Your Oral Health is Poor
Certain conditions and diseases, such as gum disease, may increase the sensitivity of your teeth. Gum disease can cause your gums to recede exposing the tooth’s root. If you notice excessive bleeding, redness, and swollen gums, you should visit your dentist. There are treatment options available to treat gum disease. If you suffer from severe sensitivity resulting in a fear of dental treatment, oral sedation dentistry may be an option to consider for dental treatment.
3. You Have Had Extensive Dental Work
After your teeth have had dental treatment, such as a filling, crown or a root canal, your teeth may be sensitive for quite some time. Sensitivity is a common side effect of these procedures and should not be a cause for concern. However, if the sensitivity lasts for an extended period of time or if the sensitivity provides pain that is too much to bear, you should visit your dentist right away. Biting too hard on a new filling or a deep restoration close to the nerve may require further adjustment and assessment.
4. Your Toothbrush
When brushing your teeth, not just any toothbrush will do the trick. Brushes that are too hard can break down your enamel and cause tooth sensitivity. Additionally, a lack of enamel may make you more prone to cavities or abrasion.
5. Dental Injury
There are many types of dental injuries and some are more painful than others. A cracked or chipped tooth that is not looked at by a dentist soon after the accident happens has the risk of sensitivity, or worst case scenario, of becoming infected. Do not leave teeth that have had trauma undiagnosed and untreated.
If you have extreme tooth sensitivity and are searching for treatment options, nitrous oxide sedation and oral sedation dentistry may make dental procedures a little more comfortable.