10 Causes for Tooth Sensitivity

10 Causes for Tooth Sensitivity

Are your teeth ever causing you pain due to sensitivity?  There can be many causes from different foods you’re consuming or the type of toothpaste you’re using.

Fear not- you do not have to put up with the pain!

Our office can help you eliminate all pain and there are some things you can do on your own to relieve some sensitivity:

  1. Decay around edges of fillings- As you age, fillings can leak or weaken around the edges. With these fillings damaged, that leaves the tooth vulnerable to bacteria which can get into small crevices and break down enamel.  Fillings should be checked regularly because they could need to be replaced.
  2. Acidic foods- If nerves in teeth are ever exposed, than acidic foods can cause pain, So watch what you eat!  Examples of foods that should be avoided are lemon, kiwi, grapefruit, pickles and tomato juice.
  3. Cracked teeth- Cracked or chipped teeth can cause pain that is significantly worse than tooth sensitivity.  Please call us immediately for an evaluation to determine what treatment plan is best for you.
  4. Teeth grinding-  Although it is the strongest substance in the body, enamel can be worn down due to grinding .  A solution for this problem is to contact us to get fitted for a customized nightguard that will help protect the teeth from grinding.
  5. Recent dental procedure- Teeth can become more sensitive immediately after seeing a dentist.  It’s very common to have some sensitivity after procedures such as extractions, root canals, and crowns.  If your sensitivity doesn’t decrease over time, contact us.
  6. Excessive plaque- We brush and floss to help reduce plaque on our teeth from eating.  An excessive build up amount of plaque can cause enamel to wear away.  A great way to avoid this is by practicing good oral hygiene and visiting us for routine cleanings.
  7. Tooth whitening toothpaste- Many toothpastes have whitening chemicals added to them which can be more sensitive to others.  If you toothpaste could be the cause for sensitivity, consider switching toothpastes.
  8. Overusing mouthwash- Just like whitening toothpaste, mouthwash and rinses can contain alcohol and other chemicals which can cause pain.  Try switching to a neutral fluoride rinse or just be more proactive about brushing and flossing.
  9. Brushing with force- Sometimes brushing too hard can be to blame for sensitive teeth and even a brush with too hard bristles.  Over years, you can wear down the protective layers which can expose areas resulting in pain.  The easiest solution is to switch to a toothbrush with softer bristles and lighter brushing. “Sonicare toothbrushes are great for patients with sensitive teeth and gum recession,” Philadelphia Dentist Dr. Ken Cirka says.
  10. Gum Disease- If you notice your gums receding, which is common with aging, that can cause sensitivity. Philadelphia Dentistry can get you on the right path to oral health immediately, do not put off a visit as this could get worse over time.

Keep in mind that tooth sensitivity is treatable! Dr. Cirka also says, “See us today because sometimes sensitivity can show a small problem that can be fixed quickly and painlessly”. If your sensitivity and pain continues, call us for an consultation to determine what’s the cause and the best way to treat it at 215-568-6222.

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