What Causes Tooth Sensitivity How You Can Fight It

It can be easy to take our oral health for granted when everything is going well … after all, in a healthy mouth, tooth-sensitivitywe don’t typically experience strong sensations in our teeth. If you notice that your teeth do start feeling discomfort after being exposed to heat, cold, sweet foods, or other stimuli, that can be a sign you need to take action.

Why are my teeth sensitive?

Tooth sensitivity can have a variety of causes. Some of the most common include:

  • Gum recession, which can expose your tooth roots
  • Gingivitis and other forms of periodontal disease
  • Infection in the tooth because it is cracked or broken
  • Bruxism, or teeth grinding
  • Activities that can wear away tooth enamel (your tooth’s hard outer layer), such as aggressive brushing or drinking large quantities of acidic beverages

Occasionally, dental procedures such as scaling and root planing or getting a crown will increase tooth sensitivity temporarily, but this typically subsides after four to six weeks.

How you can fight tooth sensitivity

Your dental professional can provide you with a thorough examination and diagnose why your teeth may be extra sensitive. Some of the treatments he or she may recommend to reduce your sensitivity include:

  • Using a specially formulated toothpaste to reduce sensitivity
  • In-office applications of fluoride gel
  • Filling a cavity or putting a crown on top of a cracked tooth to resolve the underlying dental issue
  • Wearing a mouth guard at night if teeth grinding is a problem

For advanced cases of tooth sensitivity where infection may have damaged the tooth’s root, your dentist may refer you for endodontic treatment, such as a root canal.

“Tooth sensitivity can be unpleasant, but it is not something you should just suffer through,” says Dr. Melanie Bauer, a dentist who is in practice at Dr. Carol Ford & Associates. “Call our office today to discover why your teeth are sensitive and how you can reduce those uncomfortable feelings immediately.”

 

 

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