There’s nothing worse than sipping on your favourite latte or indulging in your favourite ice cream when a sharp jolt of pain hits your teeth. It’s frustrating and can be confusing, especially if you feel like you take really good care of your teeth.
One in three people experience tooth sensitivity, so you aren’t alone. It affects men and women of all ages. Most people don’t realize that tooth sensitivity can be caused by a number of things besides tooth decay or cavities. Here are a few surprising culprits that could be behind your sensitivity.
1. Chewing on Ice
While chewing on ice can be just a casual habit, some ice chewers are actually addicted. When this happens it’s often because of pica, a disorder that causes cravings of non-food items with no nutritional value. Regardless of the reason, ice can damage the enamel on teeth and even lead to cracks or fractures.
2. Brushing Your Teeth
Taking great care of your teeth with daily brushing and flossing is great! But did you know that brushing too vigorously could actually damage your enamel? If you know you have a heavy hand when it comes to brushing, be sure you use a soft-bristled brush. You can also find electric toothbrushes that indicate when you are brushing too hard.
3. Acid Reflux
One of the most damaging things to tooth enamel is acid. When sugars and the bacteria in the mouth mix, it creates an acid attack. But for those who live with acid reflux, acid attacks are an even more frequent concern. Be sure to let Dr. Darfoor know if you suffer from acid reflux so that together with your General Medical Practitioner he can help protect your teeth.
Most people experience stress at some point in their lives, but some have trouble managing their stress on a daily basis. For many people, stress causes clenching or grinding of the teeth - and many people don't even know they're doing it. Many teeth-grinders only do it in their sleep, so they experience symptoms like tooth sensitivity and jaw pain but are unaware of the cause.
5. Sinus Infection
The correlation between tooth pain and sinus problems is probably the one that surprises people most. Anatomically, your sinus cavity is very close to your teeth, so when inflammation and swelling occurs in the sinus cavity, it can put pressure on the teeth and cause pain or sensitivity.
If you’re experiencing tooth sensitivity and would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Darfoor to get to the bottom of it, call us today on 0203 441 9591.
Treating the symptoms at home is often only a temporary solution until the cause of the sensitivity is addressed.