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Enamel and Tooth Sensitivity

April 17 2017

Oral Health | Enamel and Tooth Sensitivity

In our previous article, Dr. Sato went over many reasons why people develop sensitive teeth. The most common cause of tooth sensitivity is exposed root dentin. Exposed root dentin occurs when your tooth enamel gets worn down and your dentin is exposed.

Below, Dr. Sato explores the many ways your enamel can get worn down.

Brushing incorrectly:

Many people think that the harder they brush, the cleaner their teeth. Unfortunately, this is not true at all. By brushing with too much force, incorrect technique, or a brush that is too rough, you will wear own your tooth enamel.

Gum disease (periodontal disease, gingivitis, periodontitis, etc.):

If you suffer from any form of gum disease, you risk your gums pulling away from your teeth. When this happens, parts of your teeth are exposed that are not protected by enamel. When this happens, your teeth may look discolored, become sensitive, and lead to more cavities.

Bruxism (excessive grinding of your teeth):

If you grind your teeth, or clench your jaw excessively at night, your teeth will be tender from the constant pressure. In addition to this, you are also physically wearing away the enamel on your teeth.

Medical conditions:

If you have medical conditions that cause you to have more acid in your mouth, it can lead to your tooth enamel deteriorating. These conditions include bulimia and GERD.

Dietary choices:

Eating foods that are high in acid can be bad for your teeth. Foods like tomatoes, pickles, tea, soda, and citric fruits introduce acids into your mouth which will eat away at your enamel. Brushing after consuming these types of food will help to eliminate this issue.

There are several other things that can cause your enamel to wear away. Bad habits like chewing on pens or pencils, biting your nails, or chewing on ice cubes, can cause your enamel to wear down. Additionally, if you are using a teeth whitening product, this may cause you to have sensitive teeth.

To better determine why your teeth are sensitive, we recommend scheduling an appointment with your dentist. If you are in need of a dentist, Dr. Sato is always welcoming new patients at his office in Dayton.

Dr. Sato also recommends drinking more tap water and using dental products that contain fluoride. The fluoride in tap water and the dental products will help to rebuild your enamel.

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