Your teeth are pretty strong. They are covered with a substance called enamel which helps to protect your inner tooth from bacteria and other damage that could occur. Enamel is the strongest substance in your body. It is even stronger than bone. Enamel also protects your teeth from becoming sensitive to hot and cold.
Without enamel, or with damaged enamel, your teeth could hurt when you eat or drink certain foods or beverages. That can make eating quite an unpleasant experience. This is one of the most common causes of tooth sensitivity.
Brushing your teeth too hard is a major cause of tooth sensitivity because it is the most common reason for enamel loss. Over brushing is yet another reason for tooth sensitivity because it, too, causes you to damage the enamel.
Grinding or clenching your teeth can also cause your teeth to become sensitive. This is yet another cause of worn down tooth enamel. The next layer of your teeth is called the dentin. This is what your enamel initially protects. If you use mouthwash too much or use a mouthwash that contains too many acids, the mouthwash can cause your teeth to become sensitive or make it worse if the dentin is exposed.
If you have gingivitis, an inflammation of your gums, your tooth’s root can be exposed. If the root Is exposed and is then exposed to cold or hot food or beverages it could trigger the sensitivity to temperature. If you eat acidic foods such as foods with tomato sauce, the acids in the food will damage the enamel on your teeth which in turn, will cause tooth sensitivity.
If you notice the pattern that is forming here, the causes of your tooth sensitivity are mostly related to damage done to your tooth enamel.
This is why it is most important to take care of the enamel on your teeth. This means brushing regularly, but not brushing too much. It also means that you should use soft-bristled brushes and most definitely show up at our office for your semi-annual dental checkups and cleanings.