If you have tooth sensitivity, there might be a couple things causing it. One of them is a rough brushing technique. That’s right, brushing too hard can harm your teeth and gums. This is why it’s important to properly brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time.
Brushing too hard can wear away the tooth enamel. This opens the channels in the teeth that lead to the nerves inside. Brushing too hard can also irritate the gums. This makes the gums move away from the teeth and expose the roots. These things cause and increase tooth sensitivity.
One way to determine if you have a rough brushing technique is to examine your toothbrush bristles. If the bristles are sticking out in all different directions, that is a telltale sign. You need to ease up while brushing. In addition to having a softer brushing technique, there are other things you can do to help your sensitivity, like using desensitizing toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush. For even better results, you can use a toothbrush that helps with sensitivity (it has vibrating bristles that removes plaque without having to brush too hard) and even protective teeth shields and strips that strengthen your tooth enamel and prevent plaque buildup.
To learn more about brushing and tooth sensitivity in New Braunfels, Texas, please reach out to Hill Country Dental at 830-500-2100 and talk to our dentist, Dr. Lara Perry, or a member of our dental team. We are here to help you in any way we can, and we look forward to hearing from you!