If you have ever dealt with dental sensitivity, then you know how annoying, and frankly, disruptive, this issue can be. Sensitivity can make it difficult for patients to eat, drink, and, sometimes, even speak comfortably.
There are actually a number of things that can cause dental sensitivity, and, today, our Santa Monica dentists are going to be reviewing a few of the most common culprits. Keep reading to learn more!
Bruxism: if you’re prone to grinding or clenching your teeth, you may be wearing down your dental enamel over time. As your enamel becomes thinner, the sensitive inner core of your tooth is left too exposed and vulnerable. Patients who suffer from bruxism should seek treatment from their dental team; solutions are available to help protect your teeth. Keep in mind that bruxism can manifest at night, while the patient is asleep.
Acid erosion: enamel may also become compromised due to repeated exposure to acidic foods and drinks. Common things like citrus fruits, sodas, red wine, and coffee are all quite acidic. It is best to limit your consumption of acidic substances, and to refrain from brushing your teeth for at least 20 to 30 minutes after you consume them, as your enamel is weaker during this period of time.
Gum tissue damage: in a healthy smile, a patient’s gum tissue protects the dental roots, which contain very sensitive nerves. When, however, a patient is battling chronic gum disease, the gum tissue can actually start to pull away from the teeth. If you notice symptoms of gum disease—bleeding gums, chronic bad breath, swollen gum tissue—you want to reach out to your dentist for treatment.
Our Santa Monica dentists over treatments to help minimize your risk of developing dental sensitivity, as well as treatments to improve current discomfort. Please feel free to reach out to our dental team to learn more!