There can be a lot of reason why your teeth have grown sensitive. Some, you might got wind of why but there are a lot more reasons that you could have prevented the discomfort of sensitive teeth if you only knew it.
1. Mouthwash. Mouthwashes are great and they are made for a reason; to have a refreshing breath. However, if you overdo it, they are not so great for your teeth and mouth. This is because they contain acids that can make your teeth sensitive. Best to ask for your dentist’s recommendation for a mouthwash that has neutral fluoride content if you are prone to sensitive teeth.
2. Foods with high acid content. Too much consumption of foods with high acid contents such as tomatoes and other fruit juices leads to enamel erosion making them thinner. In the process, your dentin will be exposed causing teeth sensitivity. It is best to consume acidic food at minimum and when you do eat these foods, drink water to rinse your mouth. Eating cheese can also neutralize the acids so it is best to consume some after meals.
3. Teeth bleaching or whitening. Whitening products, even in your toothpaste, can cause enamel erosion that will eventually expose your teeth’s dentin causing sensitive teeth. It is best to use soft bristles toothbrush and toothpaste with natural ingredients so that you don’t aggravate your teeth sensitivity as abrasive toothpastes do.
4. Teeth grinding. This otherwise called bruxism often happens
when you are asleep. If you do this, there is a chance that your teeth will become sensitive as its natural structure got affected with the frequent grinding of teeth. You need a mouthguard, a custom made appliance that you can use at nights to prevent grinding your teeth away.
5. Gum Recession. Gum recession can also bring about teeth sensitivity. This is because your teeth roots are actually protected by your gums and if your gums recede, the roots get to be exposed which cause the sensitivity of your teeth. You will notice you have gum recession if you see gaps between your teeth, aside from the sensitivity you feel. Have it checked with your dentist right away.
6. Dental work. Teeth sensitivity often is one of the effects of your recent dental procedures. This is nothing to worry about as these are just temporary effect that often goes away a week or so.
When you encounter teeth sensitivity, it is best to consult your dentist as this might be a symptom of something more serious. Also, you will be aware of what oral products you should use to prevent sensitive teeth.
By: Ladan Zinati