I recently read an AGD article (Academy of General Dentistry) on sensitivity in teeth.This affects the enjoyment of foods and beverages and often limits what foods we can consume. It was very interesting, I learned about what can make our teeth sensitive. There are several different things that can make your teeth sensitive. I included the AGD fact sheet on sensitivity with this blog.
I’m going to list a couple of reasons teeth may be sensitive.
- Brushing too hard can cause sensitivity because the enamel is worn away and the dentin is exposed. Dentin is alive with microscopic nerve endings that can be very painful when irritated by temperature, touch or sweets.
- Clenching or grinding may cause sensitivity which due to the unhealthy forces on the teeth and because of the exposure of the dentin as the enamel is worn through causing the teeth to be hyper sensitive. Catch this problem and avoid damage by wearing a mouth guard at night or whenever grinding occurs. A rule to follow is:”lips together and teeth apart”. It may seem odd but teeth were not meant to touch each other except during certain motions related to swallowing and some chewing.
- Some abrasive toothpastes can wear enamel down to cause some sensitivity.
- Bleaching treatments may cause short term sensitivity depending on the person. Susan, our hygienist, has a desensitizing medicament that she places on the teeth that helps reduce teeth sensitivity for teeth being whitened which really helps.
Some people have more sensitivity than others. You may be wondering what can cause this. Increase of sensitivity includes eating acidic food, drinking carbonated beverages, resulting in exposure of dentin.
If your experiencing sensitivity lasting more than a couple days, please let us know so can get rid of the sensitivity your experiencing . Call Dr.Parkin at 719 576 1730 We would love to help you.
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