Tooth sensitivity can occur for several different reasons. Whether you just got back from a teeth-whitening treatment or you took a sip of ice cold water, it’s imperative to have it looked over by your dentist in Phillipsburg. Sensitivity could also indicate something deeper is wrong in your mouth.
Fortunately, tooth sensitivity is easily noticeable. Keep reading to find out what could be causing it and how your dentist can treat it today.
What is Tooth Sensitivity and What Causes It?
Tooth sensitivity is the common name for dentin hypersensitivity. It’s a common condition that a majority of the population has experienced. It occurs when thinned tooth enamel causes the tooth pulp and dentin to be exposed.
This sensitivity often occurs when patients eat or drink items that are very hot, cold, acidic, or sweet. To avoid this sensitivity, you’ll have to reduce your exposure to external stimuli as much possible. However, if the sensitivity doesn’t go away, it could be tied to another underlying condition that needs to be addressed by your dentist.
What Could Tooth Sensitivity Be Tied Too?
Pulp and dentin becoming exposed could have resulted from:
- Receding gums
- Tooth grinding during sleep
- Chipped or fractured teeth
- Tooth whitening
- Orthodontic work and fillings
If you have periodontitis or gum disease, it can increase your chances of tooth sensitivity. As your gums become inflamed over time, it causes them to pull back and expose your teeth. It could also be from tooth decay around the edges of fillings you’ve had previously done. Make sure your dentist is aware of any work done by other dentists so they know where to look.
If you’ve recently had a dental procedure done such as a root canal, dental extraction, or teeth-whitening treatment, it’s normal for your teeth to feel sensitive for a short period of time. It’s when this pain doesn’t go away that you should seek professional advice from a dentist.
How Can I Reduce My Tooth Sensitivity?
It may be surprising, but tooth sensitivity can occur because you’re either using the wrong toothpaste/mouthwash or because you’re brushing your teeth too hard. Your dentist make recommend a toothpaste designed for patients with sensitive teeth and/or a toothbrush with softer bristles to reduce this sensitivity.
If you’re dentist determines you’re a tooth-grinder, they may recommend you a mouthguard to wear at night to stop the reduction of your enamel. They may also provide a fluoride gel, rinse, or high-level fluoride toothpaste specifically designed for sensitive teeth. This can also better protect your teeth from decay.
Furthermore, the only way your family dentist in Phillipsburg can help you is if they get a chance to examine your teeth, so schedule an appointment today to treat your tooth sensitivity today!
About the Author
Dr. Jeffrey R. DeMartino, D.M.D., D.A.B.F.D., was named one of the “Top Dentists in America” by the Consumer’s Research Council of America in 2004 and 2007. His periodontal treatments and expertise in laser dental procedures lets him and his staff provide periodontal and oral surgical procedures to patients. To learn more about this practice, contact him at (908) 859-5260 or visit his website.
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