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6 Reasons You Have Sensitive Teeth

Know what causes ngilo so you can put a stop to it!
by Mary Rose A. Hogaza | Sep 10, 2015
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Do you often find yourself wincing when you brush your teeth or eat ice cream? If you do, you might be suffering from pangingilo. According to a study published on Health.com, sensitive teeth occur when enamel on the outside of the tooth wears away. This causes a short, sharp, shooting pain that causes discomfort given the right stimuli. It's nothing incredibly serious but it could be a hassle at times.

So how about we help you out? We've listed the six biggest reasons you suffer from tooth sensitivity here. We've provided some tips, too!


1)   YOU BRUSH TOO HARD

Brushing your teeth with too much force won't make them cleaner. Doing so actually wears down the protective layers and expose dentin (the middle layer of the tooth). The absence of protective layers means that when you take something cold or hot, you're really going to feel it. Use a soft-bristled tooth brush and be gentle in cleaning your teeth.

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2)   YOU GRIND YOUR TEETH

Tooth enamel is the strongest substance in your body but it wears down when you grind your teeth. You may do it unconsciously when you're stressed, or while you're sleeping. Soon enough, the dentins will be exposed as well. The cure? Avoid getting stressed to put a stop to unconscious grinding.


3)   YOU DO AT-HOME TOOTH WHITENING

Baking soda whitens your teeth by eating away at the stains. Unfortunately, it also eats away at the enamel, thus exposing the dentins and the roots of your teeth. You're at risk of overdoing it with this DIY solution. If you want whiter teeth, just set an appointment with your dentist.

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4)   YOU HAVE A CRACKED TOOTH

A crack or chip in your tooth may expose the underlying dentin or may fill up with bacteria from plaque, causing the nerve to inflame. At this point, the dentist is your only choice. He'll check the tooth and evaluate whether it needs to be filled or extracted.

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5)   YOU'RE NOT CLEANING YOUR TEETH WELL ENOUGH

The purpose of brushing and flossing is to remove the plaque that forms after you eat. If you don't remove them after you finish your meal, the bacteria starts to eat your enamel protection. The longer you take to remove the invaders, the more damage they'll be able to cause. To protect yourself from long-term tooth decay and pain, floss and brush as soon as you can.

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6)   YOU LOVE ACIDIC FOODS

Acidic foods and beverages are the biggest contributors to sensitive teeth. They wear down the enamel and soften the teeth. So if you're an avid fan of acidic goods such as orange juice, tomatoes, sodas, and pickles, just make sure to balance them with foods rich in calcium. Calcium will help restore your teeth's strength.

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