If you’ve ever experienced the odd sensation of itchy teeth, you know that there is no way to alleviate the feeling by scratching. Your best approach is to identify what causes the sensation to prevent it from happening in the future. Here we’ll explore some potential causes of where that itch may be coming from.
From Inside Out
Inflammation or an infection in the blood vessels, nerves, or other issues within your tooth’s pulp can cause an itchy feeling. If you suspect this might be the root of the problem, schedule an appointment with your dentist. A root canal or crown may be needed to clean out the area and permanently alleviate the itchy sensation.
Clenching or Grinding
Itchiness can be a side effect for those who consistently clench or grind their teeth. The constant pressure of biting down or grinding can lead to nerve sensitivity. Increased sensitivity can sometimes present itself as an uncomfortable itch along the gum line.
The same kind of bacteria that can be found in the pulp of your tooth, can also collect in your gums. Gingivitis is the first phase of gum disease. It’s caused by a buildup of plaque along your gum line which can cause bleeding, swelling, and an itchy sensation. If you suspect gum disease may be the culprit, talk to your dentist right away. With eight Tendercare Dental locations around the Portland area, you’re never far from the best in dental care.
Oral Hygiene Products
Your toothpaste, mouthwash, or whitening method may be to blame for itchy teeth. Formulas of any of these products that contain abrasive whitening ingredients can wear away your enamel. Thus, making your teeth susceptible to increased sensitivity that can cause an itchy feeling. That annoying itch could also be attributed to an allergic reaction to one of the products you use in your daily oral hygiene routine. Try switching out different products to find what gives you a clean and comfortable smile.
No one should have to suffer from an uncomfortable smile. If you’re suffering from itchy teeth, come see the dental professionals at Tendercare Dental. We cater to the needs of every patient to ensure a comfortable and relaxing experience. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have and our office is always accepting new smiles!