Millions of people suffer from tooth sensitivity and an equal amount of people are not quite sure what causes it.
Here are some answers that may help you identify with the specific sensitivity you are experiencing.
Various Causes of Tooth Sensitivity
- Consuming Acidic Foods – The consumption of acidic foods in excess can wear way protective enamel on your teeth. This can expose the nerve of your tooth and cause you pain. Check your acid intake and cut back or eliminate acidic foods.
- Brushing Teeth with too much pressure – You don’t need to apply a lot of pressure with your toothbrush to clean your teeth properly. Learn how to brush properly by clicking here.
- Tooth Grinding – Grinding your teeth can also wear down the enamel of your teeth to the next layer or “dentin”. This layer is not as strong as enamel and contains the hollow tubes that lead to the tooth nerves. Talk with Dr. Ron Rotem about a custom fit mouth guard to prevent further deterioration of enamel from grinding.
- Excessive Plaque / Gum Disease – Excessive plaque can form on your teeth if you are not flossing and brushing your teeth daily. This can cause erosion of enamel thus causing tooth sensitivity. Excessive plaque also leads to gum disease by allowing bacteria enter the vulnerable area under the gum, causing gum disease and worsening tooth sensitivity.
- A Cracked Tooth – Sometimes excessive grinding can crack a tooth, or constant chewing on items that are not meant for teeth such as pencils, bottle caps, etc. If you have a cracked tooth, it may not be visible to the naked eye and will require an x-ray by Dr. Rotem’s professional hygienist.
- Decay Around Fillings – As we age, fillings weaken causing decay to form around an old filling and allowing bacteria to enter the tooth and erode the enamel. This will cause tooth sensitivity but can be fixed easily with a new and more modern type of filling from Dr. Rotem.
Solutions for Tooth Sensitivity
Most or all of the causes of tooth sensitivity can be treated!
To learn how to improve your tooth sensitivity, call Dr. Ron Rotem for a thorough dental exam and evaluation. If you have any enamel or gum deterioration, Dr. Rotem can determine the severity of the deterioration and prescribe the best treatment for you.
To eliminate your tooth sensitivity and receive the most accurate evaluation for treatment, call Toms River dentist, Dr. Ron Rotem. With Dr. Rotem’s experience in modern dentistry, you can feel assured that you will soon be able to return to a level of painless and normal oral heath.