Throughout my years of practice in New Westminster, I’ve had patients repeatedly ask me why their teeth hurt when having coffee, ice cream, frozen yogurt or other similar food and beverage items. Sometimes, they even cringe when simply brushing their teeth.
In many cases, it can be attributed to tooth sensitivity. So what are some of the causes of sensitive teeth?
- Gum recession
- Worn tooth enamel
- Brushing too hard or incorrectly (more common than you might think!)
- Worn out fillings
- Using teeth whitening products containing peroxide-based solutions
- Cracked and/or fractured teeth that were not dealt with properly
- Grinding of your teeth
- Extensive tooth decay/cavities
If you suffer from sensitive teeth, do not simply put up with the pain! Make sure to mention it to your dentist at your next visit, or make an appointment to have it examined if it’s very bothersome.
There are many ways to treat tooth sensitivity. If you aren’t already, make sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush. If you don’t know the proper technique to use when brushing and flossing, ask your dentist to show you, so that any potential damages can be minimized. There are also toothpastes designed specifically for people wth sensitive teeth. With regards to eating habits, try to avoid or cut down on acidic food and beverages.
At Brewery District Dental, we are committed to helping you overcome problems with sensitive teeth. As you can see, there are many different reasons why they might be sensitive, and it’s our job to help you determine the best treatment. I always ask my patients to make note of what they’re eating or doing when the sensitivity occurs, as that is critical when deciding on how to treat the problem.
Brewery District Dental is a family dental office in New Westminister, British Columbia, Canada. Our philosophy is to always put our patients and their families’ interests before anything else. We are most delighted to see you and your family thrive in a healthy life.