There are many causes of tooth sensitivity, and some of the underlying culprits are tooth fracture that exposes dentin, cavities, loss of tooth enamel, old dental fillings and gum disease. We highlight some of the lesser-known causes behind tooth sensitivity to help you pinpoint the source of your discomfort.
Sometimes, sensitive teeth can develop from other sources. If you have a habit of grinding your teeth, a condition called bruxism, you may be wearing down and chipping the tooth enamel. Over time, this can result in problems like tooth fracture and dental work like crowns and fillings that are damaged.
In some cases of tooth grinding, the cause is short-term stress and the remedy is management techniques for stress. If you suffer from chronic teeth grinding, you may want to speak with Dr. Vinutha Kupperi about receiving a custom night guard, which is a plastic oral appliance that fits comfortably over the teeth to protect them from dental wear and tear.
You should also consider the type of toothbrush and the quality of your brushing technique, as these can be linked to tooth sensitivity. Brush with a soft-bristled toothbrush in a circular motion using gentle pressure, and pair this with a fluoride toothpaste. For some people, a toothbrush with a powered or rotary head can help prevent tooth irritation that may arise from manual brushing.
If you are struggling with tooth sensitivity in Charlotte, North Carolina, and would like to speak with our dentist, please feel free to contact Steelcroft Dental at 704-749-6300 today for an appointment.