The teeth are important for so many reasons, and should be protected like any other precious body part. Our oral hygiene may slip because we only consider them, as we need them, for eating, smiling, or even decorating. But our shiny new cars require more than the occasional car wash and detailing. They need oil changes, tire pressure checks, inspection renewal and much more. Our teeth are no better. Tooth sensitivity can be the price of not realizing that. Here are 5 Causes and Solutions for Tooth Sensitivity:

Gum Disease

A large majority of dental complications are a cumulative effect. After years of neglect, our teeth and our gums will stop cooperating with our comfort, and will force us to pay attention. Gum disease or gingivitis can easily be a problem that’s causing tooth sensitivity. A dentist should immediately be sought to alleviate the pain. They may suggest procedures to seal the teeth, as well as cure the gum disease.

Rough Brushing

Actually being a little overzealous with the brushing can cause problems. Some people brush their teeth with too much vigor, and use toothbrush bristles that are too hard. Over time this will wear down the protective layers of the teeth. These worn layer leave microscopic canals and dental nerves open to exposure. Hot, cold, and acidic foods are thereby made sensitive.  The simplest solution is to switch to softer toothbrush bristles, and take your time when brushing.

Decay Around Fillings

Often, as we get older dental work like fillings can start to weaken or fracture. This allows them to lead around the edges. When the integrity of the tooth is compromised, bacteria can be get into tiny crevices. The subsequent bacteria build-up and enamel breakdown will cause tooth sensitivity. A dentist should be able to replace any fillings, and address and remaining pain and discomfort.

Extreme Mouth-washing

Doesn’t sound like much of a problem, does it? Kind of like extreme gift giving. Fresh breath is a priority for most of us, and in turn, most of us are very appreciative. However, an aggressive pursuit of fresh breath can be at the expense of your teeth. Some mouthwashes contain alcohol and other chemicals that actually make your teeth more sensitive. An alternative for fresh breath might be trying a neutral fluoride rinse.

Teeth Grinding

There are a lot of dental conditions that are not our fault. We can be born with certain issues, or unknowingly do damage to our teeth. One such way is from grinding our teeth when we sleep. Unconsciously, grinders are wearing down the enamel of their teeth. This exposes the dentin, the middle layer of the tooth, which leads to the nerve. The best solution is to talk to a dentist about a mouth guard that can stop the grinding at night.