Do You Experience Tooth Sensitivity?
Do you find yourself cringing when you eat foods that are extremely hot or cold? If so, you may be experiencing issues with 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 various layers. When the outer layer of your teeth, known as tooth enamel, becomes damaged, it can lead to problems with tooth sensitivity. The only time tooth sensitivity should be expected is following certain dental treatments, such as a filling, dental crown, or root canal. Patients are made aware of this side effect before and after they complete treatment, so they should not be surprised when it occurs. If you have not had a recent dental treatment and are experiencing tooth sensitivity, it may be caused by:
- Brushing teeth too hard or using a hard-bristled toothbrush
- Receding gums
- Tooth decay
- Gum disease
- Cracked or chipped tooth
- Teeth grinding
- Excessive teeth whitening
Ways to Help Tooth Sensitivity
There are certain things you can do in the comfort of your own home to help with tooth sensitivity. The first thing is to evaluate the way you brush your teeth. If you are pushing too hard or using vigorous strokes, you can damage your tooth enamel. Be sure that you are using a soft-bristled toothbrush. There are also toothpastes available that are designed to help with sensitivity. If you are unsure how to properly brush your teeth, we will be more than happy to help you during your next visit to the office.
If you are in Charlotte, NC or the surrounding area and find yourself dealing with frequent tooth sensitivity and it has been some time since your last visit to our 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!