Brushing Too Hard Causes Sensitive Teeth

Dr.Alan Wishneff Boca Raton Florida Dentist Dr. Alan Wishneff D.D.S.
Restorative Dentistry / Oral Health
September 6, 2014

One of the leading causes of sensitive teeth is when one brushes their teeth too hard with their toothbrush. A high consumption of acidic foods and beverages can also cause tooth sensitivity. Many dentists believe that acidic foods or beverages are the number one cause of sensitive teeth, with brushing techniques being the second major cause.

Sensitive teeth occur when the nerve in a tooth becomes irritated. Symptoms of sensitive teeth include discomfort or sharp and sudden pain in one or more teeth. Most of the time this pain is set off by cold or hot foods and liquids, breathing in cold air, or pressure on the teeth. Tooth sensitivity affects at least 40 million American adults.

Aggressive brushing of the teeth and consuming acidic substances can wear down the tooth enamel and can also affect the gums. The tooth enamel is a protective layer on the teeth and when this layer erodes or the gum line recedes, the dentin can become exposed. The dentin is the soft tissue inside of the tooth. It also connects to the tooth’s inner nerve center. When it becomes exposed and unprotected, the nerve center can be left unshielded and vulnerable to sensations like pain.

Other things that can contribute to enamel erosion and tooth sensitivity are certain toothpastes, mouthwashes, tooth-whitening products, broken or cracked teeth, bulimia and acid reflux. Some of the following steps can be taken to alleviate sensitive tooth problems:

  • Change your toothpaste to one that is desensitizing.
  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush instead of a hard bristle one and don’t brush too hard.
  • Practice and maintain good oral hygiene, including flossing daily and brushing at least twice a day for two or three minutes.
  • When brushing, hold the brush at a 45-degree angle. Brush gently in a circular motion and hold the toothbrush in your fingertips, not in the palm of your hand.
  • Avoid acidic food and drinks (sodas and citrus foods).

For more information about this topic or any other dental topic, contact Dr.Wishneff  at [email protected]  or call (561) 488-3111Dr. Alan Wishneff is a Boca Raton Dentist dedicated to bringing patients state-of-the-art dental care. As a cosmetic, family and restorative dentist, he helps patients enjoy a natural and healthy smile. He is trained in cosmetic dentistry, including porcelain veneers; advanced cosmetic bonding techniques; oral surgery; medical emergency procedures; advanced crown and bridge; advanced TMJ; implant dentistry; endodontics-root canals: utilization of most advanced dental materials. Dr, Wishneff and staff are dedicated to providing great smiles in Boca Raton for more than 30 years. After more than two decades of practicing dentistry in Boca Raton, Dr. Wishneff is more committed than ever to this community.