It’s not uncommon to battle sensitive teeth.
But the truth is, you could be making it even worse.
Here are 3 things that cosmetic dentist in Centennial, CO, Dr. Kathleen Young, wants you to stop doing right away if you battle tooth hypersensitivity:
1. Stop Using Whitening Toothpaste
The #1 cause of sensitive teeth in most dental patients is due to whitening toothpaste use. Whitening toothpaste opens up small pores in the teeth, exposing the nerves to excessive stimuli. From there, anything from drinking a cool beverage to brushing your teeth or even breathing through your mouth can set off the sensitivity. If you’re dissatisfied with the color of your teeth, ask about in-office whitening.
2. Don’t Brush So Hard
Using a medium- to hard-bristled toothbrush, or simply applying too much pressure can hurt your teeth. How? Because the excessive force causes your gum tissues to recede. As the root of the tooth is exposed, even the root or tooth enamel can wear away. This leaves notches and “long teeth” behind. When areas of the teeth are altered like this, the nerves inside of the teeth become exposed to outside stimuli. The result? Severe sensitivity.
Instead, use a soft bristled brush with only a mild amount of pressure. Don’t scrub too hard or too fast!
3. Stop Clenching Your Teeth
Do you wake up with sore teeth, jaws, or even a headache each morning? Chronic clenching and grinding places strain on the teeth as well as the microscopic fibers around them, making your mouth sore. It can also cause your restorations to break, making your teeth sensitive.
Talk to Dr. Young if you’re experiencing any of the above symptoms. She can check your teeth for signs of wear. If present, it’s time to start using a night guard or bite splint. The splint will relieve muscle and tooth strain by providing a buffer area between your teeth at night.
If you battle tooth hypersensitivity that isn’t relieved by using a toothpaste formulated for sensitivity, then it’s time to have your smile checked out. Call Young Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Centennial, CO today to schedule a quick check-up to get the answers that you need.