Some factors that can contribute to the development of tooth sensitivity include:
- Brushing too hard – Brushing too hard or using a toothbrush with excessively stiff bristles can erode the enamel and expose the dentin. In some instances, overly vigorous brushing can cause gum tissue to recede.
- Gum disease – the inflammation of gum tissue – can cause the deterioration of gum tissue, exposing the root surface leading to underlying nerve tissue.
- Chipped or cracked teeth – Bacteria can fill the damaged area with bacteria-causing plaque, which can penetrate and inflame the pulp.
- Tooth whitening products – Toothpaste and other tooth whitening products containing baking soda and peroxide can also cause tooth sensitivity.
- Teeth grinding – Excessive teeth grinding or clenching can wear down tooth enamel, exposing the more sensitive tooth structures underneath.
- Age – Tooth sensitivity is greatest in people between 25 and 30 years of age.
- Acidic foods – Foods such as citrus fruits, tomatoes, pickles, and tea have a high acid content and can erode the enamel if regularly consumed.
- Mouthwash – Some mouthwashes available over the counter contain acids that can cause sensitivity in teeth with an exposed dentin layer.
- Routine dental procedures – Recent dental procedures such as teeth cleaning, crown placement, root planning, and tooth restoration can cause temporary sensitivity that typically disappears within four to six weeks.
Ask us to evaluate your condition at your next cleaning visit …