Understanding Teeth Sensitivity

Have you ever experienced sensitive teeth?

For people who haven’t, it’s when your teeth becomes more sensitive to extreme temperatures (either hot or cold) and certain types of food. Imagine buying yourself a nice, big scoop of ice cream, but finding yourself in pain at the first bite.

Well, don’t worry too much, teeth sensitivity is common and there are several ways to deal with it. In fact, at least 40 million people in the U.S. alone have sensitive teeth, but what exactly causes the teeth to be sensitive, and how can it be avoided? Here are the most common reasons:

  1. Toothbrush – You should avoid brushing your teeth too hard, or using toothbrushes with hard bristles because it eventually wears down the teeth’s protective layers.
  2. Toothpaste – Some toothpaste brands like those with whitening ingredients usually have harsh chemicals that can trigger teeth sensitivity in some people.
  3. Mouthwash – Some mouthwashes contain alcohol and other strong chemicals that can make teeth more sensitive.
  4. Diet – Acidic food and drinks, including lemonade, tomato soup, pickles, and others can cause teeth sensitivity when consumed often.
  5. Gum Health – Gum diseases, or gingivitis can expose the sensitive part of your teeth, especially when the gum recedes.
  6. Teeth Health – The problem could be your teeth itself. It will be better to go to the dentist and have a tooth checked if there’s a chip or problem with it like decay and persistent pain, particularly on the edges of your fillings.
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