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Top 10 Causes of Sensitive Teeth

Updated on September 5, 2012

Teeth Sensitivtiy Cause

Anyone suffering from sensitive teeth understands just how painful this problem can be and what a huge affect it can have on your day. Sensitivity in your teeth occurs when an underlying layer that is in your teeth becomes exposed from various causes. When the hard enamel isn't covering the nerve center then outside elements can cause you discomfort.

Causes Of Teeth Sensitivity

  • Decay – This occurs primarily from sweets. When the proteins in saliva in your mouth interact with the sugars left on your teeth it creates a bacterial plaque that eats at the enamel of your teeth.
  • Grinding – Clenching or grinding your teeth will wear down your enamel. Many people are unaware they do this in their sleep and it is very common in children.
  • Brushing Hard – Using a hard toothbrush or applying to much pressure when you brush wears down the enamel.

  • Receding Gums – when your gums recede, usually caused by gum disease, the root becomes exposed, increasing sensitivity.

  • Bleaching – Having your teeth bleached causes sensitivity however, it is temporary and will remedy itself.

  • Age – Your teeth become more sensitive when you are between the ages of 25 to 30 years old.

  • Plaque – When plaque builds up on the root your teeth sensitivity increases.

  • Certain Foods – Eating large amounts of acidic foods like certain fruits, tomatoes and pickles can make your teeth sensitive.

  • Cracked Teeth – If you have a crack in your tooth, it begins to fill with bacteria from plaque causing inflammation.

  • Mouthwash – Certain ones contain acids that can do damage to the layer of enamel on your teeth over time.

Combating the Problem

Watching what you eat is not only good for your overall health but for your teeth as well. Avoid foods that contain sugars, yes, this includes carbohydrates as well as food with an abundance of acid in them. Eating them will only continue to escalate the problem

If your sensitivity is caused by grinding then most people find a mouth guard worn at night will alleviate the problem. If your child is complaining about their teeth being sensitive then you may want to observe them sleeping, there is a good chance this is the culprit.

Maintain good oral hygiene and flossing is essential. Flossing gets places your toothbrush simply cannot reach. It is recommended to use a soft or medium bristled toothbrush and brush gently so you don't remove gum tissue. A special toothpaste for sensitivity can be quite helpful. You can even spread a thin layer on the teeth that are causing you pain prior to going to sleep. Be sure to see your doctor regularly for a professional cleaning and be sure to discuss any issue you have of teeth sensitivity with them.

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