Don’t let Sensitive teeth ruin your Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow! It’s important to know why your teeth are sensitive and what types of foods to avoid (if possible – we know its hard!).
Sensitive teeth occur when the underlying layer of your teeth — the dentin — becomes exposed as a result of receding gum tissue (the protective blanket that covers the tooth roots). The roots, which are not covered by hard enamel, contain thousands of tiny tubules leading to the tooth’s nerve center (the pulp). These dentinal tubules (or channels) allow the stimuli — for example, the hot, cold, or sweet food — to reach the nerve in your tooth, which results in the pain you feel.
There are many factors that may lead to sensitive teeth, including.
- Brushing too hard. Over time, brushing too hard or using a hard-bristled toothbrush can wear down enamel and cause the dentin to be exposed. It can also cause recession of the gums (the gum tissue pulls away from the teeth).
- Tooth decay near the gum line.
- Recession of the gums. As gums move away from a tooth due to conditions such as periodontal disease, the root surface becomes exposed.
- Gum disease (gingivitis) . Inflamed and sore gum tissue may cause sensitivity due to the loss of supporting ligaments, which exposes the root surface that leads directly to the nerve of the tooth.
- Cracked teeth. Chipped or broken teeth may fill with bacteria from plaque and enter the pulp causing Inflammation.
- Teeth grinding. Grinding or clenching your teeth may wear down the enamel and expose underlying dentin.
- Tooth whitening products. These products may be major contributors to sensitive teeth.
- Your age. Tooth sensitivity is highest between the ages of 25 and 30.
- Plaque build-up. The presence of plaque on the root surfaces can cause sensitivity.
- Acidic foods. Regular consumption of foods with a high acid content, such as citrus fruits, tomatoes, pickles, and tea, can cause enamel erosion.Try to avoid the foods you know may cause you pain. However, if you can’t resist the most important thing you can do is brush and floss right after your Thanksgiving day nap!
If you suffer from sensitive teeth visit JC Duncan for a full evaluation.
JC Duncan Dental103 Commerce Center Drive Suite 101Huntersville, NC 28078 (704) 948-1300