Some of the most common underlying causes of tooth sensitivity include cavities, fractured teeth with exposed dentin, old fillings, eroded tooth enamel and periodontal disease.
In some cases, these problems initiated from another source. Grinding your teeth, also known as bruxism, can cause tooth enamel to wear down and chip. If left unchecked, it can also lead to tooth fractures and damage to existing crowns and fillings.
Sometimes grinding your teeth is related to short-term stress. In these cases, you should seek out stress management techniques. If you suffer with chronic stress or if you are unsure of the cause of your teeth grinding, you may want to ask your dentist about being fitted for a custom night guard. This plastic shield fits comfortably in your mouth, over your teeth and protects them from wear and tear or undue stress.
The type of toothbrush you use or your brushing technique can also cause tooth sensitivity. Be sure to choose a soft-bristled toothbrush and moderately brush each tooth in a circular motion with fluoride toothpaste.
Some people actually find that a powered or rotary head toothbrush helps alleviate some of the irritation caused by manual brushing.
If you feel that your tooth sensitivity is linked to grinding your teeth or your personal brushing technique, please feel free to call us at 925-837-8564 to schedule an appointment.