Why Do My Teeth Hurt?

 

Do you experience pain when you eat something sweet? What about when something hot or cold brushes over them? We can help you find a way to eliminate your tooth pain!

A wide variety of factors can contribute to tooth pain. Many routine habits can slowly cause sensitivity over time. To implement the best solution, try to identify the cause of the issue. Consider the following list of common contributors:

  • Age – As your teeth become more and more worn, sensitivity increases. Sensitivity usually starts between the ages of 25 and 30.
  • Rigorous brushing – Brushing your teeth, in general, is a great way to take care of your teeth. But if you brush too hard or use a toothbrush with stiff bristles, your enamel will wear down faster.
  • Too much mouth wash – Some mouth washes contain high levels of acid, a solution that’s harmful to your teeth with repeated use.
  • Teeth whitening regimens – Some over-the-counter teeth whitening products are very harsh on your teeth and contribute to sensitivity.
  • Acidic foods – Foods like lemons, oranges, tomatoes, and pickles wear down your enamel.
  • Tooth decay – If you’ve allowed plaque to build up, especially along your gum line, your teeth will become more sensitive as the decay spreads.
  • Teeth grinding – You may not even notice that you grind or clench your teeth at night! Stress often causes one or both of these habits.
  • Tooth damage – If you’ve cracked or chipped your tooth, not surprisingly it’ll be more sensitive than normal.
  • Gum disease – Swollen or irritated gums pull away from the teeth and leave them more exposed.

If you believe that one or more of these cause applies to your condition, you’re one step closer to solving the problem. Below is a list of easy ways to help eliminate your tooth pain:

  • Brush and floss regularly. Maintaining healthy teeth is always a good place to start.
  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush. Your chances of brushing too hard will decrease.
  • Buy toothpaste specifically for sensitive teeth. A gentle formula will minimize enamel erosion.
  • Avoid acidic foods. And if you choose to eat an acidic food, brush your teeth as quickly as possible.
  • Use a mouth guard. If you suspect that you grind or clench your teeth at night, wear a mouth guard that’s fitted to your teeth.
  • Visit your dentist. If the issue persists, your dentist can help you find a more permanent solution.

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