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Do you ever experience sensitivity or pain when you bite into something too hot or too cold? Are you ever hesitant to talk or smile because you worry about exposing your teeth to the cold? Did you know that regardless of how long you’ve dealt with tooth sensitivity, there may be something you can do to alleviate your discomfort? But before you can address sensitive teeth, you should know what causes it.

What would you think if you learned that your teeth could be sensitive because of the way you are brushing? In fact, if you brush too hard, you’re probably doing more harm than good. If this happens for too long, you could wear down your enamel (the outer layer of your teeth). This will expose your dentin. And because dentin is linked to your nerves, exposed dentin leads to sensitivity.

Another common cause of sensitive teeth is grinding. While it may seem like you will know whether or not this is your problem, this actually isn’t the case. Many people unknowingly grind their teeth while they are sleeping. When you grind, the ligaments that connect your jaw and teeth get inflamed. This aggravates your nerves and makes your mouth more vulnerable to temperature sensitivity.

Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to combat sensitivity. For example, you can change your diet. Particularly, you should have a diet that is high in calcium which will strengthen your teeth. You should also avoid highly acid foods and drinks.

If your problems come from grinding, a dentist can create a custom mouthguard that can stop you from grinding. You should also visit Drs. Dienes, Huffman, Clark, or Younger  regularly for routine cleanings and checkups.

If you are interested in learning more, please feel free to contact Arden Dental Group at 828-684-9260. We’re excited to meet you.