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Does just the thought of a cold drink make you cringe? You may be experiencing sensitive teeth. What causes tooth sensitivity? Today we’ll be talking about some ways you can get to the bottom of what might be causing your sensitive teeth, and how you can help your teeth feel better.
- Too much mouthwash. Mouthwash is a great tool for fighting plaque and bad breath, but don’t use it in excess. Too much mouthwash can make your teeth sensitive. If you’re using it multiple times a day and experiencing sensitivity, try cutting back to just once a day for a while. You can also ask your dentist for alternatives. They may be able to recommend another product with ingredients that are less harsh.
- Teeth whiteners. Have you ever used an at-home whitener, only to experience sensitive teeth afterwards? Most whiteners (and even some toothpaste) contain peroxide to brighten your smile, but this bleaching agent can cause sensitive teeth. If the pain starts to become too much, stop using the product and ask your dentist about alternatives.
- Brushing too hard. Harder brushing does not equate to cleaner teeth. In fact, using a “hard” toothbrush or brushing too hard can wear away tooth enamel and cause receding gums. Try a toothbrush with softer bristles or soften your touch.
- Cracked teeth. A broken or chipped tooth can be the site of severe sensitivity. If you know your tooth is cracked, or if you suspect it might be, contact your dentist and schedule an appointment for repairs before the pain gets any worse. Avoid hard or sticky foods that can cause cracks and chips in your teeth.
- Change up your routine. You can find all kinds of anti-sensitivity toothpastes and mouthwashes in stores. Experiment a little. Try switching to one of those, even if just temporarily, to see if it helps.
If you’re concerned about your sensitive teeth, or if the pain has become too much for you to endure, consult your dentist. Contact Floss Dental to schedule a dental exam.