Sensitivity is a desirable trait in many situations these days, but that’s definitely not the case when it concerns your teeth. Experiencing continued sensitivity in your teeth is a sign that something is wrong in your mouth. If you experience pain or sensitivity while brushing and flossing, or have hypersensitivity to hot or cold, then there is likely something going on with your oral health that requires a dentist’s attention.
Causes of sensitivity
The most common culprit for sensitivity in your teeth is the wearing away of your teeth’s natural enamel that comes with years of consuming acidic foods or through a history of poor oral care. This allows food, liquids and air to have access to the soft dentin under the enamel. Dentin contains many small, hollow tubes that lead to the ultrasensitive roots of your teeth. Other causes of hypersensitivity in the teeth can range from minor to major, such as:
- Old or worn fillings
- Receding gums
- Fractures in the teeth
- Gingivitis or gum disease
- Exposed tooth roots
Dealing with sensitivity
While tooth sensitivity is undesirable whatever the cause, the good news is that it is treatable. If you suffer from hypersensitivity in your teeth, see your dentist to figure out the best treatment option for you. Treatment for hypersensitivity in the teeth could include simple measures such as toothpaste made to deal with sensitivity or a fluoride gel treatment; to more involved solutions such as crowns or inlays, root canals or even surgical gum grafts. The important thing is that you not feel too “sensitive” to tell your dentist about your problems with tooth sensitivity!
Word of Mouth is sponsored by Midtown Dental.
column by WILLIAM NERESTANT, DDS
BIO: Dr. William Nerestant, DDS received his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from the University of Detroit/Mercy School of Dentistry in Michigan. After serving and being recognized for his meritorious service in the Air Force as an officer in the Dental Corps, he currently serves patients at Midtown Dental in Lakeland. For more information, visit www.mymidtowndental.com or call (863) 226-0987.