Previously, our team discussed the common causes of tooth sensitivity. This introduced the common issue of “exposed dentin.” There are many factors that can lead to exposed dentin, including:
Poor Oral Hygiene – If you allow plaque and tartar buildup, this can result in gum recession leading to dentin becoming exposed. Be sure you are properly brushing and flossing every day in order to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
Teeth Grinding – If you grind your teeth, also called “bruxism,” you can actually wear away your tooth enamel over time.
Over-brushing – Your enamel may begin to thin if you are brushing too forcefully. For the correct way to brush your teeth, click here.
Gum Recession and Gum Disease – This may occur over time, naturally. The gums can begin to shrink, exposing root dentin.
Bad Habits – Things such as chewing on pens or pencils can wear away tooth enamel.
Acidic Food – Food containing high acid content, such as citrus fruits, tomatoes, pickles, and tea can cause enamel erosion with regular consumption.
There are many different reasons why a tooth can become sensitive. The first step in correcting this issues to determine the cause.
Do you suffer from tooth sensitivity?
If you have a tooth that is sensitive, be sure to schedule an appointment with Layman, Shirman & Associates in Streetsboro, OH. Tooth sensitivity may be a sign of more serious dental issues so you should have it checked out as soon as possible.