Do you find yourself avoiding cold foods like ice cream because they make you cringe? Or do your teeth bother you if you are eating cold and hot foods at the same time? If you find yourself avoiding foods at extreme temperatures because they cause discomfort, you may be experiencing tooth sensitivity. It is not uncommon to experience tooth sensitivity from time to time; however, if your tooth sensitivity issues are recurring regularly, your mouth may be telling you there is a problem with your oral health. Read on to learn more about tooth sensitivity and the problems you may have with your oral health.
What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?
Did you know that your teeth are composed of various layers? When the outer layer of your teeth, known as the tooth enamel, becomes damaged or compromised, it can cause tooth sensitivity. Tooth sensitivity may result from problems such as:
- Tooth decay
- Gum disease
- Cracked or chipped tooth
- Teeth grinding
- Excessive teeth whitening
It is important to note that tooth sensitivity is not uncommon after certain dental treatments such as fillings, dental crowns, and root canals. We will mention that you can expect some sensitivity issues after treatment and not be concerned. If you feel that your sensitivity issues are not diminishing over time, be sure to contact our office.
Ways to Help Tooth Sensitivity
If you regularly experience sensitivity problems, the first thing we recommend is to evaluate how you brush your teeth. If you are being rough and pushing hard, you are damaging your tooth enamel. It is also important to use a soft-bristled brush. Toothpaste designed for sensitivity is also available.
If you are in North Huntingdon, PA or the surrounding area and find yourself dealing with frequent tooth sensitivity and it has been some time since your last visit to the office, we recommend calling our team 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!