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Posted on 1/20/2016 by Dr. Call
|Do you cringe every time you bite into an ice cream cone or drink a hot cup of coffee? You likely have tooth sensitivity. While there are ways to improve your sensitivity, the first thing you need is to identify the cause. A few that you should consider are outlined below.
You're Using Too Much Mouthwash
If you find yourself using mouthwash several times throughout the day, you could be setting yourself up for tooth sensitivity. Most of these mouthwashes contain acids, and they can make sensitive teeth feel even worse.
We all want a brighter smile, but many tooth whitening systems cause sensitivity. However, the feelings of sensitivity should subside once you complete the treatment.
Brushing Too Hard
Do you think that you need to brush your teeth vigorously in order to clean them properly? Think again. You could actually be doing more harm than good if you brush too hard, as the gums could begin to move away from the teeth, and you'll also begin to wear down the enamel to expose the dentin. When the dentin experiences holes, cold and hot foods can even affect the nerves.
Cracks in Your Teeth
If you have broken, chipped, or cracked a tooth, you may experience sensitivity. This is because the pulp inside of the tooth can become irritated, and the opening could also accumulate bacteria that cause inflammation.
Clenching Your Teeth
Do you have a habit of clenching your teeth, whether you do it out of stress or when you are working out? While tooth enamel is extremely strong, it can't stand up to the pressure of grinding and clenching, and it will wear down. This leaves your nerves vulnerable, and your teeth will likely experience sensitivity.
If you need help combating your tooth sensitivity, give our office a call to set up your appointment.