Does it hurt when you drink hot or cold beverages? Or when you eat hot or cold foods? Or even breathe in cold air? If so, you are likely suffering from tooth sensitivity. In addition to adding discomfort to your life, it may also be a sign of an underlying oral health problem, such as gum disease. However, that isn’t the only reason. Here are a variety of causes for this problem:
- Hard tooth brushing
If you tend to brush your teeth too hard, this can damage your tooth enamel and trigger sensitivities. You are especially at risk if you use a medium or hard-bristle toothbrush. Switching to a soft-bristle toothbrush may alleviate the problem if it’s a mild case.
- Too many acidic beverages
If you drink a lot of soda, coffee, orange juice, or alcoholic beverages, these acidic beverages can wear down your tooth enamel and cause this sensitivity. Consider enjoying these beverages with food to cut down on the acidic qualities impacting your teeth then rinse out your mouth after. Avoid brushing your teeth right away too, which can damage your enamel by doing so.
- Cracked or chipped teeth
Damage to your teeth can also cause sensitivity. Come see us for an appointment and we can use treatments like tooth bonding or fillings to address areas of damage like this.
- A build-up of plaque
When plaque has built up on your teeth, you may experience sensitive teeth. Coming in for a thorough cleaning can eliminate this build-up and give you back your healthy smile again.
- Gum disease
Another cause for this problem is an infection in your gums. When your tooth roots are exposed due to gum recession from this disease, you may experience problems such as tooth sensitivity, bleeding when you brush or floss, and swollen or red gums. Those are all signs of gum disease and you’ll want to come in right away for an appointment.
Concerned about what’s causing you to wince every time you drink a cold or hot beverage? We’d love to help! For an appointment in Paducah, KY, call White & White Family Dentistry today at 270-355-7599 or request an appointment online.