Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Common Causes of Sensitive Teeth

  1.  Using mouthwash 3,4 or 5 times per day will cause tooth sensitivity, as some mouthwashes are   acidic. A neutral pH fluoride rinse may be a solution.
  2. Acidic foods such as citrus fruits, juices, and tomatoes can erode protective enamel and cause sensitivity. Rinse with water or drink some milk to help neutralize afterwards.
  3. Gum recession exposing tooth roots which do not have enamel can transmit temperature changes to the tooth nerves more easily. Toothpaste for sensitivity, fluoride rinses or laser treatment may help.
  4. Cracked or broken teeth caused by chewing ice or hard candy or other hard foods can lead to irritation of the nerve tissue inside the tooth. A cracked tooth can allow bacterial entrance into the tooth causing additional pain.
  5. Teeth clenching or grinding can wear away enamel or cause cracked teeth leaving teeth more sensitive. A night guard or bite splint can protect teeth and prevent wear and associated sensitivity.