Did you know that up to 20% of Americans are so fearful of the dentist that they avoid visiting their dental clinic? If you’re one of these individuals, you’re in good company. However, there are times that no matter how anxious you are, you have to go see a dental professional. One such example is when you have sensitive teeth. Some causes of tooth sensitivity are benign and can be resolved by improving dental health at home, but others require a professional’s attention. How do you know which kind you have? We’ve broken down five of the most common causes of sensitive teeth and whether they require professional care.

1. Tooth Damage or Gum Disease

Tooth decay, cavities, cracked teeth, leaking fillings, and tooth infections can all be causes of the pain in your teeth. If you have advanced plaque or tartar buildup, gum disease may also be causing your teeth sensitivity.

2. Tooth Grinding

Many of us grind our teeth without even realizing it. This can happen throughout the day or in our sleep. Sometimes, a medical condition causes tooth grinding, such as temporomandibular disorder. Seeking appropriate TMJ treatment should help relieve all symptoms, including your jaw and tooth pain. In most other cases, stress is the major culprit behind tooth grinding. The best thing to do in these circumstances is to alleviate the stress on your body and mind, especially before bed.

3. Eating Certain Foods

Eating an excess of acidic or sugary foods will dissolve your tooth enamel and expose the soft dentin underneath, causing major tooth pain. The best way to eat food for sensitive teeth is to limit these sugars, acids, and processed sugars. Things like citrus fruit, soda, and coffee should be consumed in moderation. Drink plenty of water afterward to wash away residual acids and sugar. Nutrient deficiencies can also cause tooth decay. Make sure you’re consuming enough calcium and B12 throughout the day.

4. Too Many Whitening Products

Bleaching and whitening products can be very harsh on your teeth. They are designed to penetrate your teeth’s enamel, which means that prolonged use of these products will erode your enamel over time. If you’re experiencing tooth sensitivity and you frequently bleach or whiten your teeth, it’s probably because your enamel has become too thin or sensitive. Stopping your use of the products should make the sensitivity go away.

5. Improper Care

If none of the previous causes of tooth sensitivity resonate with you, your daily teeth cleaning habits could be causing your tooth sensitivity. Not brushing your teeth twice a day or flossing regularly could lead to plaque and tartar buildup, which causes gum inflammation and tooth sensitivity. Skipping routine dental cleanings can also accelerate this process. On the other hand, brushing your teeth with too much pressure or a hard toothbrush can cause your gums to recede, which also leads to tooth sensitivity. After a dental procedure or a thorough cleaning, you may feel sensitive teeth symptoms. However, these symptoms should go away on their own within a few days.

Get Rid of Your Sensitive Teeth Today

If any of these five causes of sensitive teeth hit close to home, it’s time to take action today. Here at Synergy OMS, we’re dedicated to your health and wellbeing by providing you with quality, stress-free care. Ready to kiss your tooth pain goodbye? Contact us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment.