Why Are Your Teeth So Sensitive?
Do you love ice cream but avoid eating it because it feels too cold on your teeth? Maybe you struggle with foods and drinks that are very hot or cold. If so, you are experiencing problems with tooth sensitivity. Recurring problems with tooth sensitivity can negatively impact your quality of life. You may find yourself avoiding certain foods or struggling to brush your teeth because of the discomfort.
What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?
Your teeth are composed of various layers. The outer layer of the teeth, called the tooth enamel, is the strongest substance in your body, but it is not indestructible. When tooth enamel becomes damaged or worn, your teeth become increasingly sensitive. The only time that tooth sensitivity is considered normal is following certain dental treatments, such as a filling, dental crown, or root canal. If you have not had a recent dental treatment and are experiencing sensitivity, it may be caused by:
- Brushing your teeth too hard or using a hard-bristled toothbrush
- Receding gums
- Tooth decay
- Gum disease
- A cracked or chipped tooth
- Teeth grinding
- Excessive whitening treatments
Ways to Help Tooth Sensitivity
If you have recurring issues with tooth sensitivity, it is important to evaluate how you brush your teeth. If you use a hard-bristled toothbrush or brush too vigorously, you will continue to damage your tooth enamel. Use gentle motions and a soft-bristled toothbrush. There are also a number of toothpastes that are designed for people with sensitivity issues. If you are unsure how to brush your teeth properly, we will be happy to show you at your next visit.
Just a friendly reminder: if you are looking to schedule a treatment or oral hygiene examination, we suggest you contact us for an appointment sooner rather than later. The closer we get to the end of the year, the more patients we have who want to use the remainder of their insurance benefits, and appointments fill up fast!
If you are in Bozeman, MT or the surrounding area and find yourself dealing with frequent tooth sensitivity, we recommend calling our team to schedule an appointment. We will be happy to meet with you to evaluate your symptoms and ensure that nothing more serious is occurring. See you soon!