If your teeth are killing you but you are pretty sure it is not a cavity, here are other possible reasons for your tooth sensitivity:
Brushing Too Hard
Contrary to general belief, brushing harder is not better for your teeth. The idea that brushing harder will eliminate more plaque will do nothing but leave you with weak, worn enamel. Enamel is a protective layer on your teeth, and scrubbing it away leaves you with vulnerable canals leading to your dental nerves. Switch to a softer bristled brush and go easy on your smile.
Grinding your teeth also wears down your enamel. Whether from stress or habit, teeth grinding exposes those same tubes leading to your dental nerves. Invest in a custom fit mouth guard from your dentist.
If it claims to whiten your teeth, it probably has harsh chemicals that cause increased tooth sensitivity. Opt for a more neutral rinse, or improve your brushing and flossing habits for natural whitening. The latter may take a bit longer and not be as drastically white, but you’ll avoid pain and discomfort.
Believe it or not, plaque is doing more than just feeling gunky and leading to cavities. Plaque builds up, hardens, and cause tartar in between teeth and at your gum line, leading to gum disease. The more there is, the more pressure on your teeth as your enamel wears away.
You may think your pain isn’t being cause by a cavity. Well, it could be worse: you could have filling decay. An old filling might have become weak or even fractured, while the remaining tooth continued to decay from accumulated bacteria. Visit your dentist to check it out.
If you haven’t been caring for your teeth or extra attentive to your plaque build-up, you might have gum disease. Swollen, bleeding, or receding gums are all signs of gum disease and contribute to tooth sensitivity.
Even with tooth sensitivity it is wise to visit your dentist to rule out gum disease and replace fillings, if needed. Be sure to keep up with your daily brushing and flossing routine and don’t skip your yearly cleanings.