If you suffer from tooth sensitivity to cold, hot, or sweets, you may struggle to eat or drink certain foods or liquids.
Tooth sensitivity can come and go and is often caused by exposed dentist on root areas of the teeth or by receded gums. The root area of teeth, unlike the crowns, are not protected by enamel, but by something called cementum. When cementum or enamel wear away, the nerves of the tooth are exposed, causing sensitivity. There are several causes for enamel erosion including, overzealous teeth brushing, acidic diet, abrasive toothpaste, acid reflux disease, excessive teeth whitening, teeth grinding, dry mouth, and bulimia.
However, there is some great news – sensitive teeth can be treated!
You should discuss your sensitivity with your dentist in order to rule out tooth decay and cavities. Your dentist may recommend a desensitizing toothpaste or fluoride gel toothpaste if the sensitivity is relatively minor. For more severe cases of tooth sensitivity, treatment may require getting a filling, gum graft, or a root canal.
If you are experiencing tooth sensitivity, you may want to consider dietary changes including eliminating high-sugar foods, soda, fruit juices, and alcohol. It is imperative that you keep up with good oral care routines to prevent any future problems.
Tooth sensitivity can be significantly more than just an annoyance, it can be painful and potentially part of a larger problem. Stop your suffering today and call Advanced Dentistry of Collegeville at (610) 489-5555 to make your next dental appointment!