Are You Sensitive?
Do you avoid eating foods and drinking beverages that are hot because they irritate your teeth? If so, you may be experiencing tooth sensitivity. It is not uncommon to experience sensitivity from time to time, especially following certain dental treatments; however, when you experience it regularly, you may have a problem with your oral health and need to visit our office. Read on to learn more about tooth sensitivity and how to treat symptoms.
What Can Cause Tooth Sensitivity?
Your teeth have multiple layers. When the outer covering, known as the enamel, becomes damaged or compromised, you may experience issues with tooth sensitivity. Teeth can also be extremely sensitive for a time following certain dental treatments, like fillings, dental crowns, and root canals. We will be sure to mention if you should experience tooth sensitivity following a dental treatment and how long it may last. Tooth sensitivity can also be caused by:
- Brushing your 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
If you are experiencing tooth sensitivity regularly and it is not caused by a recent dental treatment, we highly recommend visiting our office for an examination so we can rule out any major problems with your oral health. In the meantime, we recommend evaluating the way you brush your teeth. If you are brushing aggressively, you can be causing damage to the enamel of your teeth. We also recommend using a soft-bristled toothbrush. There are also a number of toothpastes designed for sensitive teeth that may be beneficial to use.
If you regularly experience issues with tooth sensitivity, it is time to schedule a visit to be sure there is nothing serious occurring in your mouth. Be sure to contact our office located in West Chester, OH to schedule an appointment. We want to help find a solution to your dental problem so you can live free from discomfort. We look forward to seeing you soon!