Why Are My Teeth So Sensitive?
If you feel some pain in your gums or a random toothache, you aren’t alone:22% of adults experienced pain in their teeth, gums, or jaws in the last six months. But why does this happen? Read our blog to uncover some common reasons for sensitive teeth.
1. Exposure to Hot or Cold
Tooth sensitivity is caused by exposed nerves or worn out tooth enamel, so when you drink something too hot or too cold you’ll feel a sudden, sharp pain. The pain should be temporary if you’ve recently had a procedure at the dentist’s, like a tooth filling, and should go away after a few weeks. However, if the pain doesn’t go away, this could be an indication of something more serious, like gum disease, so make sure to consult your dentist.
The perfect brushing technique (BASS METHOD) starts with aiming the head of the brush 45 degrees into the gum line. Apply light pressure and short strokes on the surface of your teeth and gum line. Invest in a MD Brush while you are learning this new technique and focus on correct brushing instead of zoning out.
Cavities, or tooth decay, might be another reason why your teeth are bothering you. Plaque can linger on your teeth and turn into decay without you noticing until it’s too late and you’re already in pain. Once the decay progresses you’ll have a cavity, which might be the cause of your pain To prevent cavities, visit your dentist regularly, and learn to brush correctly with the BASS Method of brushing, using our MD Deep Clean Brush.
3. Cracked Tooth or Crown
It might surprise you but a cracked tooth or crown could be the cause of your tooth sensitivity and pain. Even if your tooth is slightly cracked, it’s possible that it’s causing pain, even though it’s impossible to see. Again, it’s important to schedule semi-annual checkups with your dentist to ensure that your oral health is optimal.
4. Teeth Whitening
Using whitening strips or bleaching gels can make your teeth feel more sensitive. Fortunately, the pain in your teeth that’s caused by the products is usually temporary, and if you stop using whitening products it will subside. If you are looking for gentler ways of whitening your teeth, read our blog for some safe ways to whiten your teeth and maintain your oral health.
5. Gum Disease
Studies show that some nearly half of people over the age of 30 have some form of periodontal disease.This is a condition usually caused by incorrectly brushing and flossing which allows plaque, bacteria, to build and harden on your teeth. It leads to infection, irritation, and bleeding in your gums. When you have periodontal disease, the condition will generally worsen until your gums and teeth are sore, sensitive, and painful. To prevent gum disease read our blog on ten ways to prevent periodontal disease.
The Tooth Is…
Nobody should have to live with sensitive teeth. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways you can protect your teeth and prevent future sensitivity. Since 80% of sensitivity starts at the gum line, it’s crucial to brush correctly to make sure you’re cleaning your teeth and your gums. Brush and floss your teeth practicing the BASS Method of brushing, using our MD Deep Clean Brush or Activated Charcoal Toothbrush for extra-whitening maintenance, and visit your dentist regularly. If you have more questions visit our contact page, read our FAQs, or check out our blog.