What To Know About Tooth Sensitivity
Do you cringe when you bite into an ice cream cone? Or do your teeth bother you if you are eating cold and hot foods at the same time? If you find yourself avoiding foods that are extremely hot or cold because they cause tooth discomfort, you may be experiencing tooth sensitivity. Tooth sensitivity is not uncommon, and most people experience it at some point. If you experience tooth sensitivity regularly, it can be an indication that you have a problem with your oral health.
What Causes Tooth Sensitivity
Your teeth are composed of layers, and when the outer layer of your teeth, known as the enamel, becomes compromised or damaged, it can lead to tooth sensitivity issues. Teeth can also be extremely sensitive for a time following certain dental treatments, like fillings, dental crowns, and root canals. The discomfort and sensitivity will dissipate over time. If you have not had a recent dental treatment and are experiencing tooth sensitivity, it may be caused by:
- Tooth decay
- Gum disease
- Cracked or chipped tooth
- Teeth grinding
- Excessive teeth whitening
Ways to Help Tooth Sensitivity
If you experience tooth sensitivity, the best thing you can do is evaluate how you brush your teeth. Be sure not to use vigorous, rough strokes and instead use gentle motions. Be sure that you are using a toothbrush with soft bristles. There are also a number of toothpastes that are designed for people with tooth sensitivity. If you are unsure how to properly brush your teeth, we will be happy to provide a demonstration during your next visit.
If you are located in Wilmington, Pike Creek, or Newark, DE and find yourself dealing with frequent tooth sensitivity, or it has been some time since your last visit to the office, we recommend calling our team to schedule an appointment. We will be happy to meet with you to evaluate your symptoms and ensure that nothing more serious is occurring. See you soon!