Don’t Let Sensitive Teeth Ruin Your Spring
We could not be more pleased that spring has arrived. We don’t know how you feel, but we thought this winter was never going to end! The return of spring also signifies the return of some of our patients’ favorite locations — the local ice cream and ice shops. Would you love to have a big bowl of ice cream but hold off because it brings nothing but discomfort to your teeth? If so, you are experiencing tooth sensitivity. While we all experience it from time to time, if you find that you always avoid certain foods because of sensitivity issues, your mouth might be telling you there is a problem. Read on to learn about what your teeth may be trying to tell you.
What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?
If you find yourself avoiding certain foods or changing how you brush your teeth because you are experiencing sensitivity issues, you might be experiencing a problem with your dental health. Teeth are composed of many layers. When the outer layer, called the enamel, becomes damaged, it can lead to sensitivity issues. Although the enamel is the strongest substance in the body, it is not indestructible. Teeth sensitivity can be caused by:
- Brushing teeth too hard or using a hard-bristled toothbrush
- Receding gums
- Tooth decay
- Gum disease
- Cracked or chipped tooth
- Tooth grinding
- Excessive teeth whitening
How to Help Teeth Sensitivity
If you experience regular sensitivity issues, we suggest calling our office for an appointment. In the meantime, there are adjustments that can be made at home. We recommend evaluating the way you brush your teeth. If you use vigorous strokes, you are doing more harm to your mouth than good. Brush your teeth using a soft-bristled brush, using gentle strokes and circular motions. You can also invest in a toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth.
If you are experiencing frequent bouts of teeth sensitivity, we recommend calling our office located in Fort Lee, NJ to schedule an appointment. We will be happy to meet with you to evaluate your symptoms and ensure that nothing more serious is occurring. See you soon!