Top Causes of Tooth Sensitivity

Tooth sensitivity is a common issue with many people and can be caused by a variety of factors.  Tooth sensitivity can typically be narrowed down to 1 -2 factors.  Below you will find a few reasons that you may be experiencing tooth sensitivity.  If you have extreme tooth sensitivity or would like to talk to Dr. Kinizsi about your condition, be sure to contact Kinizsi Dental to set up your consultation.

Swap Your Toothpaste – Many individuals see advertising for teeth whitening on the label of toothpaste at the drug store.  However, teeth whitening toothpaste contains chemicals that can actually make your teeth sensitive. Try switching out your whitening toothpaste for a toothpaste specifically for sensitive teeth!

Brushing Too Much – If you scrub your teeth hard with a hard bristle toothbrush, you may be causing tooth sensitivity. By scrubbing vigorously, you may be creating small microscopic tubes in your teeth.  These small microscopic tubes are not to be confused with cavities.  These small tubes will end up allowing the contents of your mouth to come in contact with your nerves. You may experience sensitivity when you eat or drink hot, cold, acidic, sweet, or even sticky foods.

Ditch The Mouthwash – Wait, isn’t mouthwash supposed to help strengthen your teeth? Not all the time. A lot of different brands of mouthwash contain chemicals and alcohol that can cause your teeth to feel sensitive. Using mouthwash every other day or every few days may help the tooth sensitivity.

Grinding Your Teeth – Even though the enamel is the strongest substance in your body, when you grind your teeth you can grind it down to the point that hollow tubes in your teeth are created allowing painful substances to come in contact with your nerves.

Check-in With Your Dentist – Sometimes tooth sensitivity may be a sign of a more underlying problem. Schedule an appointment at Kinizsi Dental to talk to Dr. Kinizsi about the sensitivity you are experiencing.