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What Are The Main Causes Of Tooth Sensitivity?

Does seeing the image of that ice cream make you cringe? Tooth sensitivity can make life pretty difficult, with simple tasks like eating your dinner or a cold sweet treat in the middle of summer becoming unbearable. It really can cause a lot of difficulty and uncomfortableness.

So what causes tooth sensitivity?

Tooth sensitivity is typically caused by the following reasons:

  • Brushing too hard or chewing on hard things i.e. ice cubes. This can wear down the enamel leaving the inner layers of your teeth exposed.

  • Cracked teeth. Cracked teeth will leave the inner layers of your teeth exposed.

  • A diet that consists of lots of acidic food and excessive use of strong mouthwashes will also wear down enamel also leaving the dentin more exposed and potentially damaged.

  • After a dental procedure. Cleaning, whitening etc can all make your teeth temporarily sensitive.  

  • Gum disease. Gum disease leads to all kinds of issues within the mouth, one of which being exposing the dentin in your teeth and increasing the tooth’s sensitivity.

  • Lastly, you guessed it! Teeth grinding and clenching. The constant grinding, clenching and chipping away at your teeth whether it’s during the day or the night will wear down your teeth, wearing down the enamel of your teeth and leaving them exposed to the dentin layer.

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