Despite how cozy your sheets are, you roll out of bed at the sound of your morning alarm and make your way to the kitchen. After a few minutes of preparation, the room is filled with the delicious smell of warm coffee. As you sit down to take your first sip, you immediately feel a surge of discomfort stemming from your teeth. Yet again, a picturesque morning ruined by tooth sensitivity.
Whether the aversion to hot and cold beverages is new or something you’ve dealt with for years, many patients wonder what the root of their toothache is. Have you found yourself wondering something similar? Then read on for five common causes!
#1. Improper Brushing Techniques
All too often, patients believe an aggressive brushing technique and a hard-bristled toothbrush will provide their teeth with a superior level of clean. However, this flawed approach to oral care can quickly wear down the enamel on your teeth, which can lead to gum recession and expose the root of your tooth. Therefore, it is important to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and gentle hand when brushing your teeth.
#2. Dental Procedures
Following a crown replacement, professional cleaning, or teeth-whitening treatment, it is natural to experience some sensitivity. To ensure that you are comfortable following your procedure, your dentist may provide you with a list of foods to avoid, products specifically designed for sensitive teeth, or even appropriate medication as needed.
Did you know over 50% of Americans have gum disease? This rampant dental issue can result in several unpleasant consequences, including inflamed or sore gum tissue. If neglected, the condition can progress and eventually uncover the root of your tooth, which results in discomfort when exposed to hot or cold temperatures.
#4. Teeth Grinding or Clenching
Often, patients unintentionally clench their teeth when they are stressed or grind them at night while they are sleeping. Unfortunately, this can wear down the protective outer layer of your teeth and even leave them vulnerable to chips, cracks, and fractures. So, if you are experiencing tooth sensitivity, it may be a result of teeth grinding or clenching.
#5. Acidic Foods
Although delicious, caffeinated drinks, processed cereals, and fried snacks are just a few of the foods that are high in acidity and wreak havoc on your teeth. While indulging in these treats now and again isn’t inherently bad, consistent exposure can result in enamel reduction. Over time, this can cause your teeth to become sensitive and require professional treatment to correct.
If your first sip of morning coffee or late-night ice cream run is being ruined by your tooth sensitivity, then it is time to speak with your dentist. That way, you can get back to enjoying the finer things in life pain-free!
About the Practice
At Dentistry at Hickory Flat, exceptional service, high-quality dentistry, and world-class service come together to create a one-of-a-kind dental experience. In fact, patients can enjoy cozy blankets, massage chairs, neck pillows, and complimentary Wi-Fi in addition to custom treatment plans and an integrity-based approach to care! If you or a loved one is seeking treatment for tooth sensitivity, don’t hesitate to visit their website or give them a call at 770-213-8166.