4 Reasons Why Your Teeth Hate You

» Posted by on Oct 12, 2017 in Blog, Dental Tips | 0 comments

sensitive teethOur teeth are responsible for allowing us to chew properly, speak clearly, and smile beautifully. But these miniature bones are often neglected, only to be thought about during bi-annual dental appointments. 

However, your teeth could secretly be resenting you. Sensitive teeth have the ability to ruin your whole day, and any good dentist will tell you that tooth sensitivity is extremely preventable. So keep an eye out for the following signs your teeth need some tender loving care.

Tooth grinding
The biggest problem with tooth grinding is that you may not know you are even doing it! Usually, teeth grinding happens when you’re asleep, and it’s common to wake up with jaw pain or a headache if you are grinding. However, whether it happens at night or during stressful times of the day, teeth grinding can lead to significant tooth damage. Left unchecked, teeth grinding can literally cause your teeth to break! If you don’t take the proper steps to address the problem, emergency dental care could be in your near future. If you are feeling any of these teeth grinding symptoms, visit your family dentist right away.

Strong mouthwash
Some over-the-over-the-counter mouthwashes can be chock full of chemicals and alcohol that can quickly wear down your enamel. And when your enamel is worn down, your teeth become much more sensitive than normal. Stick to alcohol-free mouthwash instead, or ask your dentist for a recommendation.

Brushing too hard
Yes, it’s important to brush your teeth twice a day. But you also want to be gentle! Rubbing too hard can actually wear down the enamel on your teeth and cause small tears on your gums. Pay attention to how you are brushing as well; instead of going back and forth horizontally, make sure you are brushing in small circles on each tooth.

Acidic food and beverages
There may be high levels of acidity in your favorite foods without you even knowing it. Even healthy foods can contain high levels of acid. Juice, coffee, and fruit are all culprits of enamel-eroding acid, so if you’re going to enjoy these foods and beverages, just make sure to brush afterwards. 

At least one-fifth of Americans have one or more untreated cavities right now. So treat your teeth right, and don’t do any of these things. Alongside visiting the dental office twice a year for a regular checkup, follow this advice and your sensitive teeth will thank you!

Have any questions about proper dental care? Call our Olympia, WA dental office today to book your next cleaning.

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