Want to Know Why your Teeth are Sensitive?


teeth Sensitivity in houston texas at royal dental usaYou shouldn’t cringe when you rinse your mouth after brushing, or when you want to enjoy a cool beverage. If you experience discomfort under certain circumstances, you may have sensitive teeth. This problem is not necessarily a dental condition in and of itself; it is typically a secondary issue caused by something else. One of the potential reasons that you may develop new sensitivity is that a tooth is forming a small cavity. Because this could be the cause of mild pain, we encourage our patients to schedule a visit with us for a prompt examination.

Sensitivity is not always related to decay. Some of the other reasons your teeth may be sensitive include:

  • The way you brush. Understandably, you brush your teeth with the intent to get them nice and clean. To do this, you may have selected a toothbrush with harder bristles rather than softer ones. You may also use more force than necessary when brushing. Lastly, your toothpaste may contain tiny abrasive particles that are supposed to get your teeth whiter. All of these factors can add up to worn enamel, which then translates to sensitivity. Aggressiveness is not necessary to get your teeth clean. Try an electric toothbrush and some good floss. You may also end your hygiene routine with some gentle water irrigation.
  • The way you eat. We really are what we eat. As it pertains to your teeth, your diet can either strengthen enamel, the hard outer layer that protects softer tissues and nerves inside the tooth, or it can hurt it. Erosion is a prevalent problem that dentists are seeing today. This breakdown of enamel is different than decay because it is more widespread around the mouth, rather than localized in one spot where bacteria have collected. Acidic substances like soda and other carbonated beverages, coffee, and fruit juice wash over teeth, making them susceptible to erosion and, thus, sensitivity.
  • Your restorations may also be at the heart of sensitivity. When the border of a filling loses its structure, as it can over time, it is possible that accumulated bacteria can cause the tooth to feel sensitive. Replacing the failing filling should restore comfort and prevent further damage.

Royal Dental offers the care you need to keep your smile healthy. Call (713) 330-7700.

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