At Boston Prosthodontics Dental Group, we provide a comprehensive range of top-quality restorative dentistry services for people who want to restore form, function, and health to teeth that have suffered damage. However, before these patients can even think about the long-term restoration of their teeth, they are usually eager to find relief from the often excruciating pain that accompanies damaged teeth. Fortunately, our team of accomplished dentists can provide just such pain relief.
You may be surprised to learn that many of the top causes of tooth pain also happen to be among the top causes of tooth sensitivity. While some people have naturally more sensitive teeth, others can trace their tooth sensitivity to oral health problems that are treatable. In fact, for some, heightened tooth sensitivity can be a warning signal that if they don’t seek dental treatment soon, tooth pain is on the horizon.
The dentists of Boston Prosthodontics want you to be familiar with the causes of tooth pain and sensitivity. Our Boston, MA restorative and cosmetic dentistry practice offers a wide array of treatments that can help to return comfort to your mouth without sacrificing the aesthetics of your smile. To learn more, we invite you to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced dentists today.
The Top Five Causes of Tooth Pain and Tooth Sensitivity
The following oral health issues are among the top causes of both tooth pain and tooth sensitivity:
- Brushing with too much force: Despite a person’s best intentions, brushing with excessive force can cause the enamel that protects the teeth from harm to become worn. The first indication that the enamel has become worn may be tooth sensitivity, as the canals that lead to the nerves of the tooth are exposed. Further damage can be avoided by using gentler force with a soft-bristled toothbrush. This will remove just as much plaque and debris while sparing the enamel.
- Chronic tooth grinding: Chronic tooth grinding, or bruxism, can also cause the enamel to become worn. As with brushing with too much force, tooth grinding can lead to the exposure of the canals that lead to the nerves of the tooth, resulting in heightened tooth sensitivity.
- Gum disease: Gum disease affects not only the gums but all of the tissues in the mouth, including the teeth. In its latter stages, periodontitis, the gums begin to recede and pull away from the teeth. This can cause tooth sensitivity, pain, and - if left untreated - the eventual loss of the tooth.
- Overuse of certain mouthwashes: It is imperative that you brush and floss properly at least twice a day and after every meal. Using an antimicrobial fluoride rinse is a good idea, too, but don’t overdo it - especially if you use a mouthwash that contains alcohol or chemicals that can eat away at your enamel. If you find yourself using a potent mouthwash hourly to freshen up your breath, you may be doing far more harm than good to your mouth.
- Foods and drinks with high acidic content: Yes, berries, tomatoes, citrus fruits, and certain other acidic foods and beverages can be delicious and even healthy in moderate doses, but they can also wreak havoc on your teeth. Limit your consumption of such foods and drinks, and brush and floss thoroughly after indulging.
Learn More about the Causes of Tooth Pain and Sensitivity
To learn more about the causes of tooth pain and sensitivity, please contact Boston Prosthodontics Dental Group today.