Gentle Dental at Jefferson Avenue
529 E Jefferson Avenue, Detroit, MI 48226

What’s Causing Those Sensitive Teeth?

Sensitive Teeth

Sensitive teeth and gums can make eating hot, cold, sweet, and sour foods and drinks a challenge. You may even find it painful to breathe in cold air or brush and floss your teeth. Fortunately, there are many ways to combat the troublesome symptoms, and restore your life to normal. Following are the most common causes of sensitive teeth and gums and practical ways to help relieve the pain. If your tooth sensitivity is caused by a dental problem, or your symptoms don’t respond to your at-home efforts, be sure to seek professional dental care.

Top 7 Causes of Sensitive Teeth and Gums

1. A hard-bristled toothbrush or over-zealous brushing can wear down your tooth enamel and cause your gums to recede. This can expose dentin, and allow irritants access to sensitive roots and nerves.

2. Dental care products containing whitening ingredients like peroxide and baking soda can irritate tooth nerves, especially if dentin is already exposed.

3. Age may be a factor, since tooth sensitivity occurs more often in those in their second and third decades of life.

4. Gum disease causes sensitivity in two ways. It leads to decay and enamel breakdown, which exposes dentin. It also causes infection that attacks the roots of teeth and causes receding gums.

5. Cracked or chipped teeth may cause dentin to be exposed. The area may also attract bacteria, and this can lead to infection and inflammation of the nerve.

6. Dental procedures such as crown or filling placement, root canal treatment or even professional cleaning can cause temporary sensitivity. If symptoms don’t resolve in four to six weeks, see your dentist.

7. Grinding your teeth at night can wear down enamel and expose dentin.

How to Help Sensitive Teeth and Gums

  • Visit your dentist in Downtown Detroit regularly to ensure great dental health.
  • Be consistent with your dental care routine.
  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and brush your sensitive teeth and gums gently.
  • Choose toothpaste made for sensitive teeth.
  • Try a fluoride mouthwash.
  • Wear a night guard to prevent teeth grinding.
  • Avoid acidic foods like lemons, oranges, and tomatoes.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Downtown Detroit, call Gentle Dental at Jefferson Avenue today at (313) 879-4769 or make an appointment.

Gentle Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Downtown Detroit. With 8 affiliated practices throughout Michigan, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Gentle Dental at Jefferson Avenue, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Gentle Dental at Jefferson Avenue.

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