The Most Common Causes of Tooth Sensitivity

If ice-cream makes you flinch or if brushing makes you cringe, you might have what is referred to in the dental world as tooth sensitivity. The pain is caused when the dentine, the softer part of the tooth, found under the enamel, is exposed. The dentine has tiny tubes filled with fluid that lead to the nerves. Sometimes, hot, cold, or even sweet foods will cause a change in the fluid movement. The nerve endings react by generating pain. Teeth are strong. They allow us to bite into a crisp apple, or gnaw on a tough piece of meat. But sometimes, we don’t take proper care of them. Here are the most common causes of tooth sensitivity:

Brushing your teeth too hard or using a hard-bristled toothbrush can do it. Excessive force on your teeth can break down enamel. It may be uncomfortable for you too. Using a softer touch with a softer toothbrush can help you avoid breaking down your enamel.

We love to eat. But some foods are harder on our teeth. Acid found in tomato sauces, pickles, and fruits including kiwi, lemon and grapefruit may cause tooth sensitivity.  Give up these foods, or try and limit the amount you eat.
The chemicals found in tooth-whitening toothpaste can cause tooth sensitivity in some people. Switch toothpaste if you’re using a whitening toothpaste and feeling sensitivity.

If you grind your teeth at night, (many do it unknowingly), you can wear down the enamel, and heighten your tooth sensitivity. Clenching your teeth repeatedly does the same thing. A mouth guard is a great solution.
Mouthwash can contain chemicals or alcohol that can cause tooth sensitivity. The obvious solution here: switch to a mouthwash with a neutral base.

If your teeth are in rough shape, you may be feeling some tooth sensitivity. A build up of plaque will help wear away the enamel. Cracked teeth may also cause tooth sensitivity. It’s vital to see your dentist twice a year and maintain a good oral hygiene program at home.

Gum disease causes receding gums. When this occurs, the margin of the gum tissue surrounding the tooth has worn away and more of the tooth becomes exposed. The first indication of gum disease tends to be tooth sensitivity.
Sometimes, the simplest of triggers causes tooth sensitivity. In the cold weather, you may breathe through your mouth. If you take in a rush of cold air, this can cause tooth sensitivity later.

Finally, the older we get, the older our fillings get, and they weaken and decay. Bacteria can concentrate in tiny crevices where the filling has become defective, and tooth sensitivity may occur.

If your tooth sensitivity cannot be remedied by those solutions, or if the pain is persistent, call the Accolade Dental Centre. They will eliminate the pain so you can enjoy the foods you love, or continue with the whitening you’re looking for.

Located in mid town Toronto, Accolade Dental Centre offers many options to treat tooth sensitivity, and we have ultra-modern equipment with the latest technology and techniques to serve our patients best. Give us a call today to book an appointment at (416) 928-6828.