Previously in our blog, we discussed 5 of the most common causes of tooth sensitivity. These causes included injury, tooth decay, and exposed dentin. Dentin is the inner portion of your tooth that is usually protected by your tooth enamel. However, if your enamel gets worn down, your dentin becomes exposed, and can cause you a lot of sensitivity.
What are things that cause your enamel to wear down?
Incorrect brushing — A common misconception that many people have is that, if they brush harder, their teeth will be cleaner. The effectiveness of your brushing is much more dependent on your technique, how long you brush, and the kind of brush you use. Brushing with too much force will actually wear away your enamel and do more harm than good. In addition to this, if your toothbrush’s bristles are too tough, they will cause damage to your enamel.
Periodontal disease — If you have developed periodontal disease, your gums will naturally recede away from your teeth. When this occurs, your dentin will become exposed in areas that your gums used to cover. If you do not employ proper dental hygiene practices, you could develop cavities, experience plaque and tartar build-up, and start developing gum disease.
Bruxism — Also known as grinding your teeth, bruxism can physically wear down your enamel. If you are grinding your teeth, you may experience frequent headaches, a sore jaw, and aching teeth.
Dietary choices — If you eat a lot of foods, or consume drinks that contain a lot of acid, you enamel may start to erode. Foods and drinks that contain a lot of acid include tomatoes, pickles, citric fruits, tea, and more.
Habits — If you use your teeth as tools to untie or cut things, bite your nails, or chew on pens or pencils, your tooth enamel may become damaged.
If you believe that your enamel is deteriorating, we recommend drinking more tap water and using dental products that contain fluoride. Fluoride will help to remineralize your teeth and strengthen your enamel. You can also receive dental sealants.