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July 3rd, 2019

5 Reasons You Have Sensitive Teeth

Ouch! Drinking cold water really causes pain in your teeth, so does sipping a hot cup of tea. What the heck is going on? You have teeth sensitivity. Why? Below are some of the common reasons.

1. Mouthwash Addict

Do you find yourself constantly using mouthwash? Did you know rinsing too often is a bad idea? Yes, mouthwash can be overused. Using mouthwash every day, throughout the day can have negative effects on your teeth and gums. Some mouthwash contains acids and alcohol that can deteriorate your enamel, exposing more of your tooth’s root and causing sensitivity.

Alcohol also causes dry mouth. Dry mouth might lead to bad breath or the loss of saliva. Without saliva, your teeth are left unprotected from cavities.

Stop buying mouthwash just because it is a popular choice or has a cool commercial. Start purchasing rinses void of acid and alcohol. Your mouth will thank you for it.

2. Gum Disease can lead to sensitive teeth

Perhaps the sensitivity of your teeth is trying to tell you something. You might have gum disease. Receding gums can cause sensitive teeth. Your dentist will know what to do to help protect you from further damage.

3. Acidic Food Diet

You love acidic foods and eat them on a daily basis. Your mouth might be rejecting your choice of snacks by acting out with sensitive teeth. Sensitivity is a result of acid eroding away your tooth enamel and exposing dentin, the inner layer of your tooth where the nerve centre lies. You can experience pain during eating, often when exposed to cold and hot foods.

Acidic foods are good for you in moderation to help whiten your teeth but an excessive diet of citrus and sours are corrosive to your oral health.

4. Cracked Teeth

Cruising down the candy aisle, you choose hard candies to delight your taste buds but your favourite sweets may be the cause to your teeth cracking. Cracks lead to the nerve-filled pulp becoming irritated. Always chewing on hard substances will cause tooth sensitivity when you bite down on anything.

Try chewing on softer candies from the store and doing so less often to avoid chips, cracks, and a mouthful of cavities.

5. Tons of Plaque

When it comes time to brushing and flossing your teeth, you quickly stick the toothbrush in your mouth for a few seconds and maybe swipe some floss here and there. You are not spending as much time as you should on your daily routine. Oral health laziness will lead to a sensitive oral cavity. How? Plaque starts to form after eating and your teeth become more sensitive when plaque builds up. Brushing and flossing your teeth will help prevent deterioration of your tooth enamel due to a plaque invasion.

A good dental hygiene routine is essential to a healthy, happy mouth.

Take care of your oral hygiene by brushing, flossing, and visiting the dentist at least twice a year. Watch what you eat and the products you use to clean your mouth. Your dentist will help you with the more detailed steps towards a healthy smile.

Dr. Gurshant

Medically reviewed by Dr. Gurshant Grewal - a Registered Dentist on July 3rd, 2019

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