Prevent Teeth Sensitivity from Catching You Off-Guard

Dec 01, 2017

There you are…enjoying a cup of coffee, a steamy mug of spice tea, or a favorite cool beverage and it happens. You experience an unwelcome “zing” of pain.

Sensitive teeth can catch you off guard. It doesn’t always mean something serious but it does require attention.

Why so sensitive?

The good news: the problem is treatable and will require you to make some routine changes to your oral care. Teeth sensitivity can be caused by a number of oral conditions.

  • High acidity in your diet. Foods high in acid content include citrus fruits, pickles, and tomato sauce.
  • Aggressive teeth brushing. Some pressure is needed but not to the extent that you damage the outer layer of protective enamel. Softer bristles with gentle pressure and smooth strokes away from your gum tissue can help.
  • The nightly “grind.” Teeth grinding during sleep wears down your tooth enamel. Exposed internal tooth tissue is vulnerable and sensitive.
  • Gum recession…or worse – gum disease. Routine teeth cleanings and dental examinations can help monitor and treat gum related issues and disease progression.

Sensitivity “training”

Each cause can be traceable to the wearing down of your protective enamel or its damage caused by decay or disease. Protective measures can reduce the sensitivity and prevent further enamel destruction.

  • Toothpaste and topical fluoride can guard your teeth and strengthen the enamel. Improved protection helps prevent the painful sensations you feel when sensitive tissue is exposed.
  • Tooth restorations such as a dental crown, bonding, or fillings can repair the decayed and damaged areas causing sensitivity.
  • A root canal can eliminate severe cases of tooth sensitivity. The procedure cleans and restores the infected tooth root that’s causing tooth pain.

Contact our Roswell dental office about your sensitive teeth or other tooth pain issues. Schedule an examination to discuss treatment that can relieve your discomfort and restore your tooth or teeth.

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