Why do teeth become sensitive?
Tooth pain can surprise you when your teeth are exposed to air, cold, sweet, acidic, or hot foods. Even brushing or flossing your teeth can sometimes trigger sensitivity. Enamel protects the tooth and the gums protect the roots of teeth to prevent sensitivity. When enamel wears down or when the gum line recedes, then the dentin is exposed, which is connected to the nerve that triggers the pain in sensitive teeth.
Causes of sensitive teeth:
- Teeth whitening treatments using harmful ingredients such as peroxide & charcoal lead to side effects, such as enamel breakdown and tooth sensitivity & irritation to the gums. The damage to the dental enamel is permanent and irreversible
- Brushing too forcefully or using a hard-bristled toothbrush, which can wear down the enamel, exposed dentin, or cause gum recession
- Gum recession from periodontal disease, which exposes the dentin
- Gingivitis (inflamed gum tissue) can lead to tooth root exposure
- Cracked teeth
- Teeth grinding and clenching can wear down enamel
- Acidic food that causes enamel reduction
- Leaky fillings
How to prevent tooth sensitivity:
- Avoid hard-bristled toothbrushes which contribute to gum recession and loss of enamel. Instead, use a soft-bristled brush.
- Brush lightly and slowly to avoid gum recession and exposure of the dentin.
- Use POPWHITE toothpaste that contains natural and non abrasive ingredients that will protect the enamel & gum recession.
- When using a teeth whitening treatment, look for a formula that will whiten your teeth without causing sensitivity. POPWHITE natural teeth whitening formula is clinically proven to whiten your teeth 4 shades in 2 weeks without any tooth sensitivity & gum irritation.
How to treat tooth sensitivity:
Symptoms of sensitive teeth will come and go, sometimes lessening or going away for a while, but will never completely get rid of tooth sensitivity unless the reason for the sensitivity is eliminated.
A few at-home suggestions to lessen sensitivity include:
- Maintain good oral hygiene. Follow proper brushing and flossing techniques to thoroughly clean all parts of teeth and mouth.
- It is important to use a toothpaste for sensitive teeth, a not abrasive toothpaste, to protect your enamel & gums.
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush.
- Stay away from overexposure to highly acidic foods. Because acid softens the tooth’s surface, brushing will cause more enamel loss. Wait 60 minutes until the natural flow of saliva washes away and neutralizes the acids. Instead of brushing right after eating, rinse mouth with water, or use a Xylitol Based mouthwash such as POPWHITE teeth whitening oral rinse.
- Visit a dental hygienist regularly and have your teeth cleaned professionally to remove plaque build up, you can request your favorite dental office to use the same natural ingredients while polishing your teeth professionally using POPWHITE Teeth Whitening Prophy Paste products.