The Facts About Tooth Sensitivity
We are so excited the summer season is a few short weeks away! After a long winter, we have been enjoying the spring weather and are looking forward to the hot summer days full of fun and relaxation. On a hot summer day, there is nothing quite like eating some ice cream to cool off. Would you love to enjoy ice cream but find yourself cringing due to discomfort in your teeth? You are most likely suffering from tooth sensitivity. While it is common to experience tooth sensitivity on occasion, repeated occurrences are a warning that there may be a problem with your oral health. Continue reading to learn what your mouth may be trying to tell you.
What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?
Your teeth are composed of various layers. The enamel is the outer covering and is the strongest substance in your body. Unfortunately, teeth are not indestructible and when the enamel becomes damaged or severely worn you might experience tooth sensitivity. There are occasions, such as following dental treatments, in which your teeth may feel more sensitive. We will be sure to mention it to you following treatment. Tooth sensitivity can also be caused by:
- Brushing teeth too hard or using a hard-bristled toothbrush
- Receding gums
- Tooth decay
- Gum disease
- A cracked or chipped tooth
- Tooth grinding
- Excessive teeth whitening
Ways to Help Tooth Sensitivity
If your tooth sensitivity issues become extremely frequent and bothersome, we recommend visiting our office to rule out any serious issues. In the meantime, we would recommend evaluating how you brush your teeth. If you brush your teeth using vigorous strokes, we would suggest a more gentle approach. There is also toothpaste available that is designed for patients with sensitive teeth.
If you are experiencing frequent bouts of tooth sensitivity, we recommend calling our office located in Denton, MD 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!