Dental Habits that Result in Sensitive Teeth

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Do you have tooth sensitivity? There could be many causes for your discomfort, including cavities, gum disease, old dental fillings, tooth enamel loss and tooth fracture that exposes dentin. Many patients aren’t aware of everyday practices such as tooth brushing and tooth grinding that result in sensitive teeth.

If you are aggressive when brushing your teeth or use a poor toothbrush, you could be irritating your teeth and causing tooth sensitivity. To keep your teeth happy, brush with fluoride toothpaste and a toothbrush that has soft bristles, moving gently along each tooth in circular strokes. A rotary or powered toothbrush head can also help reduce sensitivity in the teeth.

Sometimes, tooth sensitivity is caused by outside factors that have nothing to do with oral hygiene, such as a tooth grinding habit. Also called bruxism, grinding your teeth can make them sensitive by chipping and wearing away the tooth enamel, causing broken dental restorations and fractured teeth.

Stress is a common cause of tooth grinding and may require practicing stress management techniques every day to stop the issue. Another option is to visit College Hill Dental Group for a custom night guard, which covers your teeth with durable and comfortable plastic to stop friction and pressure from grinding.

You are welcome to contact our dentist, Dr. Haslam, and team at 541-753-8365 today to learn more about dental practices that could be causing your tooth sensitivity in Corvallis, Oregon.