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What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?

Published on June 26th, 2020

At Family Dental Care, we take pride not only in being the most affordable dentists in Chicago, but in providing treatment for our patients in a calm, relaxing, and stress-free atmosphere. One of the most common problems that brings patients to our office is tooth sensitivity, a dental issue with many possible causes.

  • Brushing too hard – Brushing too hard over time can wear down the enamel and expose the dentin, which is the middle layer of the tooth.
  • Recession of the gums – As your gums pull away from your teeth, the sensitive root surfaces of your teeth become exposed.
  • Gum disease – Inflamed and sore gum tissue may cause sensitivity because of the loss of supporting ligaments, exposing the root surface leading directly to the nerve of the tooth.
  • Damaged teeth – Cracked, chipped or broken teeth may fill with bacteria that enters the pulp, causing inflammation and sensitivity.
  • Teeth grinding – Grinding or clenching your teeth can wear down the enamel, exposing the underlying dentin.
  • Plaque buildup – If you don’t floss, plaque can build up on the root surfaces and contribute to sensitivity.
  • Whitening products – Teeth whitening products and toothpaste containing baking soda and peroxide are major contributors to tooth sensitivity.
  • Mouthwash usage – Some OTC mouthwashes contain acids that can worsen tooth sensitivity.
  • Acidic food and drink – Regular consumption of things such as citrus fruits, tomatoes, pickles and tea can contribute to tooth sensitivity through erosion of the enamel.

Treatment for Sensitive Teeth

One of the best ways to deal with sensitivity is to follow good dental hygiene, brushing and flossing daily. It also helps to use a soft-bristled brush and limit the consumption of acidic foods. If the problem persists, call Family Dental Care for a free consultation with the most affordable dentists in Chicago.

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