October 17, 2016
Category: Dental Health

In our previous blog article, we discussed the usual suspects that cause tooth sensitivity and also introduced dentinal sensitivity. There are a lot of different things that can play a role in your dentin being subjected and the resulting sensitivity. They include but are not limited to:Tooth Sensitivity

Brushing technique/tools - Do you brush harder thinking it will clean your teeth better? Don’t. If you brush with too much force it can wear your enamel away. Additionally, you should be careful about the type of brush you use. If your brush has bristles that are too stiff or hard it can damage your enamel.

Foods that contain acid - Similar to certain diseases, if you eat foods that contain a lot of acid, it can cause the acid to erode the enamel of your teeth. Examples of foods high in acid are pickles, tea, tomatoes, and citrus fruits.

Gum recession - Dr. Samuels sees many patients whose gums, overtime, shrink back. This leaves parts of your tooth exposed that used to be covered by your gums. If you notice your teeth looking longer you may be experiencing this. 

Bad oral hygiene habits - If you do not consistently brush, floss, use mouthwash, and visit the dentist, you may be more susceptible to cavities and plaque build-up. 

Bruxism - If you are experiencing pain when you wake up from a sleep, you may be grinding your teeth. If you are grinding your teeth,  you may be physically wearing away the enamel of your teeth. 

Medical ailments - Diseases like bulimia and GERD (heartburn) can cause more acid to be present in your mouth and erode the enamel of your teeth. 

The best way to restore the enamel of your teeth is to use fluoride. Fluoride will help your teeth rebuild enamel and protect your dentin. 

For more information, or to schedule a visit at our office in Rockville, MD, contact us online or call us at our office today!


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