Tooth sensitivity. We rarely think about it. Then you eat a spoonful of your favorite ice cream, and a sharp pain shoots through your teeth and gums.
According to family dentist Dr. Tamatha C. Pantano, DMD, dentinal hypersensitivity may arise out of a variety of issues related to oral health. Notifying your dentist is important especially if the pain comes often; it might mean a dental procedure is necessary to relieve the pain.
As with all cases, however, dental care starts at home. Below are three ways you may be contributing to your dentinal hypersensitivity:
Improper brushing technique
Brushing too often and too aggressively can wear down your teeth’s hard outer layer, or enamel, to reveal the softer layer underneath, the dentine. Exposing this dentine to external stimuli, such as hot or cold temperatures, can then stimulate the teeth’s nerves, causing short, sharp pain. Improper brushing can also cause the gums to recede, resulting in the same problems.
Excessive teeth whitening
Applying whitening strips to your teeth can give you that bright, sunny smile you’ve been longing for. That’s all well and good for appearance’s sake. Unfortunately, dental professionals suspect that one of the whitening strips’ principal ingredients, peroxide, can irritate the gums. As such, excessive use of these strips can lead to sensitive teeth.
Insufficient dental care
Poor dental hygiene is the surest way of getting sensitized teeth. It’s also a likely reason why you’d end up sooner in a dentist’s chair. Bacteria builds up in your mouth and around your teeth when you don’t practice proper dental healthcare. These microbes release toxins, triggering your body’s immune response. This results in increased blood flow to the gums, causing it to swell and manifest a reddish coloration, which ultimately leads to sensitive teeth. Brushing and flossing done consistently and properly will help reduce the risk of such issues.
Take note that neglecting dental hygiene can result in more serious repercussions such as tooth decay and gum disease, which in turn may contribute to far more serious overall health risks such as cardiovascular disease and pneumonia. As such, you must practice proper oral healthcare whether or not you have sensitive teeth.
If you’d like more information about tooth sensitivity and how to prevent it, please leave us a message at our Audubon Dental Center website website, or call us at (301) 856-1122. For any other concerns, feel free to examine our list of services to see how else we can be of assistance to you.