Unfortunately, many people don’t get to enjoy eating a frozen treat in the height of summer or drink a hot cup of tea on a cold winter’s night. If offered, they’ll usually cringe away with a look of discomfort on their face. Why? Because they’re one of many Australians suffering from tooth sensitivity.
If sweet, acidic, cold or hot food and drinks make your teeth twinge, it sounds like you may suffer from sensitive teeth. Basically, tooth sensitivity occurs when the enamel that protects our teeth gets thinner, exposing the underlying surface.
Let’s investigate the possible causes and culprits of why you may be suffering from sensitive teeth.
You’re Too Strong When It Comes to Your Brushing Technique
Yes, it’s possible to brush your teeth too hard! Harsh brushing habits are a common cause of sensitive teeth, as you’re stripping away the enamel protecting your teeth. This can also cause receding gums. If you think you might be doing this, switch to a soft bristle toothbrush, and relax your grip going forward.
You Really Enjoy Acidic Foods
Acidic foods can wear away the enamel on your teeth, leading to everyday discomfort. If you really enjoy eating citrus fruits, or vegetables with a high acid level, try to wash out your mouth with tap water afterwards to prevent acid build up.
On a stressful day, do you find yourself clenching or grinding your teeth? Do you wake up in the morning and find your teeth or jaw feels sore? This could be a sign or teeth grinding, which can lead to the breakdown of enamel causing sensitive teeth. If you think you’re guilty of teeth grinding, it’s best to chat to your dentist to discuss your options going forward.
Cracks in Your Teeth or Fillings
This cause can be quite serious, and may require speedy dental attention. If the twinge in your teeth starts to amplify and seems as if it’s beyond simple sensitivity, a chipped or cracked tooth might be the culprit. If you think you have a chipped or cracked tooth, it’s important to see your dentist as soon as possible to figure out the best course of action.
The good news is, tooth sensitivity can be prevented and it can be treated. Specific toothpastes can help treat tooth sensitivity, but this doesn’t work for everyone. If your mouth twinges at the thought of an ice cream or a hot drink, you may need to see your dentist for a proper evaluation.
If you’d like to discuss your symptoms, or if you’d like to find out the best course of action, then talk to the team at Dental on Clarendon today. Find out more today.