Sensitive Teeth: Ouch!

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Sensitive teeth are no fun. We have all had that moment when our teeth shout out at us “OUCH!”  Our teeth can suffer from mild to severe cases of sensitivity. This sensitivity can be caused by a multitude of reasons. Let’s explore some causes and possible solutions!

sensitive teethCauses of Sensitive Teeth

Some foods that we love to eat or drink, such as lemons or other acidic things, can cause our teeth to become sensitive. The acids erode away enamel, the protective coverings on our teeth. This exposes the inner more sensitive layer of our teeth called dentin. At the point our teeth become more vulnerable to decay which also causes sensitive teeth.

Besides the food we eat, our enamel can erode because of using a toothbrush with too stiff of bristles. Studies have shown that even pressing too hard over long periods of time will cause gums to recede and therefore cause sensitivity.

An ill-positioned bite can cause our teeth to come together in such a way as to wear away aspects of our teeth that aren’t meant to sustain these kinds of actions. Clenching and grinding can cause similar damage and create very sensitive teeth. Wear your night guards!! Our readers and patients know what big fans we are of the benefits night guards bring.sensitive teeth

Prevention

In order to avoid this uncomfortable sensation we recommend taking a few courses of action:

  1. Use a soft bristled toothbrush
  2. Avoid acidic foods and beverages
  3. Use toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth (we have a great one available at the office!)
  4. Wear your night guard nightly

At Montclair Smile Design we are here to help our patients whatever way we can. If some of these basic causes and preventative measures aren’t exactly what you’re looking for don’t fret! Contact our office today for a consultation and Dr. Becker or Dr. Catalano can address your situation personally. Comment below if you have any questions!

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