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Of the many causes of tooth sensitivity, the most common tend to be exposed dentin as a result of tooth fracture, tooth enamel loss, cavities, gum disease and old dental fillings. We highlight some everyday practices that can also result in tooth sensitivity to help you understand what may be causing your discomfort.

Sometimes, outside sources can result in side effects such as sensitive teeth. For example, a frequent habit of tooth grinding, also known as bruxism, can wear down and chip the tooth enamel over time, resulting in damage such as tooth fracture and broken crowns and fillings.

A common cause of tooth grinding is struggling with short-term stress, and this can often be remedied by practicing stress management techniques. You can also seek treatment for chronic teeth grinding in the form of a custom night guard from Sweeney Utterback Dentistry, which is a plastic oral appliance that covers the teeth comfortably and keeps them protected from the wear and tear of grinding.

Don’t rule out the type of toothbrush you use or the efficacy of your brushing technique, as you could develop tooth sensitivity if these are ineffective. We encourage you to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste and brush gently in a circular motion to clean your teeth. You may also find that using a toothbrush that has a powered or rotary head helps you to avoid tooth irritation that could be caused by manual brushing.

If you would like to learn how to address tooth sensitivity in Virginia Beach, Virginia, we invite you to speak with our doctor, Dr. Bruce Utterback and Pia Sweeney, by contacting our office at 757.222.3737 today for an appointment.