Tooth sensitivity can make many things uncomfortable.

Whether you are eating something hot, drinking something cold or simply brushing your teeth, if you find yourself wincing in pain, you probably have sensitive teeth. Luckily, there are many things that you can do to make your teeth less sensitive and improve your overall oral health. Before you can correct your tooth sensitivity with dental care in Edmonds, it is important to understand what caused it in the first place!

Most common causes of tooth sensitivity:

  • Improper brushing – If you brush your teeth too hard or you use a hard-bristled toothbrush, you can actually wear down your teeth’s protective layer, which will expose the canals that lead to the dental nerves. If you think your tooth sensitivity is due to improper brushing, switch to a soft-bristled toothbrush and be gentle when you brush your teeth!
  • Tooth grinding – Although your enamel is the strongest substance in your entire body, if you grind your teeth, it will eventually start to wear down and expose your teeth’s dentin. If you grind your teeth, ask your dentist about a mouth guard. You can, of course, purchase a mouth guard at your local drug store, but the best mouth guards are custom-made to fit your specific bite.
  • Acidic foods – Acidic foods, like tomatoes, lemons and pickles, may taste great, but eating too many of them over time could cause the protective layer of your teeth to erode, exposing the tender dentin. Cut back on acidic foods and, when you do eat them, balance out the acid with a glass or milk or a piece of cheese.

Stay tuned for our next blog to learn about more common causes of tooth sensitivity.