What to Know About Tooth Sensitivity
Do you avoid foods that you love because they cause discomfort in your teeth? You may experience this when eating foods that are extremely hot or cold. If you relate to this, then you may be experiencing tooth sensitivity. While it is common to experience sensitivity on occasion or following dental treatments such as fillings, dental crowns, and root canals, when you experience frequent sensitivity, it is a warning that something more serious may be happening with your oral health.
What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?
You may be surprised to learn that teeth are made of various layers. When the outer layer, the enamel, becomes damaged or compromised, you could begin to experience discomfort or sensitivity. Although tooth enamel is the strongest substance in the body, it is not indestructible. When enamel becomes worn or decayed, the nerves inside the teeth can be exposed. Tooth sensitivity can be a warning sign of issues like:
- A cavity
- Gum disease
- Worn teeth due to grinding
- Exposed tooth root
- Infection inside the tooth
- A cracked or chipped tooth
Ways to Help Tooth Sensitivity
Prolonged tooth sensitivity is an indication that you need to visit our office as soon as possible. In the meantime, there are adjustments you can make to your oral hygiene routine to help your teeth. We recommend evaluating how you brush your teeth. If you use vigorous or rough motions when brushing your teeth, you may be damaging the enamel. It is best to use a toothbrush with soft bristles. You may also benefit from a toothpaste for sensitive teeth. As mentioned above, it is common to experience tooth sensitivity following dental treatments, so be sure to follow all the instructions you receive from our team.
If you are experiencing tooth sensitivity and it has become bothersome or you are concerned, please reach out to our office located in Montgomery, AL 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!