What causes tooth pain and how to fix it

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Ever experience that sudden tooth pain when consuming hot, cold, or even sweet or sour foods and beverages? You aren’t alone. Although, this pain could be a sign of a cavity, the most common reason is due to sensitive teeth which usually occurs when the underlying layer of your teeth becomes exposed. The good news is, this can be temporary and there are many ways to resolve this uncomfortable tooth pain, and with a Patriot Health Dental Savings Plan, we can help take the pain out of paying for dental costs.

The causes of tooth sensitivity

  • Brushing too hard- it is important to make sure we aren’t brushing too hard since it can lead to dentin exposure from worn down enamel. It can also cause your gums to recede, exposing more of the roots.
  • Gum disease- sensitive teeth can be a result of inflamed or sore gum tissue due to root exposure, further leading to the tooth nerve.
  • Cracked teeth- if you have a broken tooth it can fill with bacteria from plaque causing inflammation and ultimately tooth sensitivity.
  • Teeth whitening products- tooth sensitivity is a possible side effect due to the solution that is used to whiten your teeth. The solution can remove minerals within your tooth enamel and cause the teeth to be temporarily porous.
  • Mouthwash use- some over-the-counter mouthwashes can cause tooth sensitivity due to the acids that are in them, especially if you have exposed dentin.
  • Acidic foods- regularly consuming highly acidic foods such as citrus fruits, tomatoes, pickles, and tea can cause enamel erosion leading to tooth sensitivity.

How to stop sensitive teeth pain

  • Use desensitizing toothpaste- utilizing a toothpaste for sensitive teeth daily can help reduce your pain. You can also spread a small layer of the toothpaste on the tooth or teeth that are bothering you before you go to bed to help.
  • Maintain good oral hygiene- it is always important to continue daily brushing and flossing while following proper techniques. In addition, continue to schedule routine cleanings with your dentist to keep a healthy smile.
  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush- since brushing too hard can be a cause of tooth sensitivity, you may want to consider purchasing a soft-bristled toothbrush which can reduce abrasion to the tooth surface and gum irritation.
  • Use fluoridated dental products- daily use of these products can benefit teeth health by making tooth enamel harder and stronger.

From brushing too hard to teeth whitening products or gum disease, tooth sensitivity has many causes. With preventative dental products and staying on top of dental hygiene, you can say bye to unwanted tooth sensitivity and hello to healthy teeth. Plus, you no longer have to ignore dental pain to save on costs with a Dental Savings Plan from Patriot Health.