What Your Tooth Sensitivity is Telling You
Have you ever taken a nice bite into an ice cream sandwich and instantly regretted it? If you’ve ever experienced this, know you’re not alone. Tooth sensitivity, or dentin hypersensitivity, is any discomfort in the teeth from anything too hot or too cold. While sensitivity may only be temporary for some, in others, it can become chronic. Additionally, tooth sensitivity can affect only one tooth or many teeth at a time.
For those facing discomfort in their teeth from hot or cold foods, responses may occur at the root of the tooth. So, where did your tooth sensitivity come from? A few of the causes of sensitivity in teeth are as follows:
- Brushing your teeth with too much pressure
- Using a hard-bristled toothbrush
- Grinding your teeth at night
- Eating a lot of acidic foods
- Drinking a lot of alcohol
If you do any of the above, it may be the cause of your discomfort. In addition, other more severe conditions can cause this oral health issue as well. Some of these conditions can include Gastrointestinal Reflux, GERD, when acid comes up from the esophagus. GERD can eat away at an individual’s teeth over time.
How To Treat Tooth Sensitivity
Depending on the level of sensitivity in your teeth, individuals can choose various options to alleviate and fix any tooth sensitivity issues. A few ways that people can treat this issue include:
- Use an alcohol-free mouthwash
- Using a soft-bristled toothbrush
- Use tooth sensitive toothpaste
If an individual’s tooth sensitivity is more severe, a dental hygienist can prescribe something with more strength. In addition, fluoride gel can also be applied by your dentist as well as desensitizing agents. Over time, using these tools and products will help strengthen the enamel on the teeth.
Maintain Great Oral Health
Is there more to your tooth sensitivity than your regular dental hygienist can handle? Some issues may need the help of an oral surgeon. If this is the case, please call Dr. Pollock today at Rockwall Oral Surgery to schedule an appointment. To contact our team or learn more about us, please reach out to us at (469) 264-8921 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.