While dealing with teeth that feel sensitive can certainly be frustrating, more annoying still is trying to figure out why your teeth feel this way. As you can imagine, when you are experiencing discomfort, our first suggestion is that you come to see us for an evaluation. Simply schedule an appointment, so we can tell you just what’s going on. For the time being, however, we offer up several reasons you might be dealing with tooth sensitivity.
Reason #1: Excessive Brushing
The term “excessive” refers to brushing too frequently or too hard. If you’re pressing with serious strength while you brush, ease up a lot. If you are brushing 20 times a day, try to keep it around two to four brushing sessions if you like to brush after meals in addition to twice daily brushing.
Reason #2: The Wrong Products
You know that the right products are a soft-bristle toothbrush, fluoridated toothpaste, and dental floss. The products that could potentially lead to tooth sensitivity? A medium- or firm-bristle toothbrush, toothpaste that contains ingredients that prove abrasive to your smile, and over-the-counter treatments like teeth whitening. Stick to the recommended items.
Reason #3: Oral Disease
Common culprits that may lead to tooth sensitivity include infection, tooth decay, and gum disease. Since it is often difficult if not impossible to detect an oral illness on your own, we strongly advise you to schedule time to come in to see us.
Reason #4: Sinus Pressure
Believe it or not, your sinus pressure might be causing your teeth to feel uncomfortable. When pressure increases or you become quite congested, which may happen due to a cold, sinus infection, allergies, or an airplane ride, you may feel it in your teeth. Treat the cause or see how things shake out once you’re off the plane. If it goes away, you know it was pressure.