Are you sick of wincing every time you brush your teeth or drink something cold?

No one wants to have to deal with sensitive teeth, and luckily, once you understand what is causing your teeth to be sensitive in the first place,  you can correct the problem at the source instead of just treating the symptoms. In our last blog, our family dentist in Edmonds talked about a couple of the most common causes of tooth sensitivity. To recap, we talked about improper brushing, tooth grinding and acidic foods.

Most common causes of tooth sensitivity:

  • Mouthwash – Some mouthwashes contain acidic products that can aggravate sensitive teeth, but that doesn’t mean that you have to give up your mouthwash for good! Talk to your dentist about other mouthwash options, including neutral fluoride rinses. Your dentist will also give you insight on which ingredients to avoid in your mouthwash.
  • Excessive plaque – If there is an excessive amount of plaque built up on your teeth, it can cause the enamel to wear away over time, which will cause your teeth to become more sensitive. If excessive plaque is causing your teeth to be more sensitive, establish a healthy dental care routine. Brush and floss at least twice a day and make sure that you visit the dentist every six months for your cleanings.
  • Gum disease – Gum disease can cause your gums to recede, which will make your teeth much more sensitive. If you think that you might have gum disease, schedule an appointment with your dentist!