What To Know About Sensitive Teeth
Do you cringe each time your teeth come in contact with something extremely hot or cold? If so, you are most likely experiencing the effects of sensitive teeth. Sensitivity is a common issue that many people experience from time to time. The problem arises when it happens continuously and you find yourself avoiding certain foods to avoid the sensation.
What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?
We often tell patients they might experience tooth sensitivity after receiving a dental treatment such as the placement of a dental crown, root canal, or a gum procedure. These patients know and understand why they are experiencing discomfort. If you have not visited our office recently and are having a problem with sensitive teeth, you may have an underlying problem with your tooth enamel, be in one of the stages of gum disease, or you may possibly have an exposed tooth root. Tooth sensitivity can also be a signal that you might have a cavity, be grinding your teeth, or have a cracked or chipped tooth. Frequent discomfort from tooth sensitivity is a red flag that it is time to visit our office.
Tips to Help Sensitive Teeth
While you are waiting for your appointment or needed treatment, there are adjustments that can be made to help ease your sensitivity issues. The first is to evaluate how you brush your teeth. If you are very rough when brushing, you can be causing damage to the tooth enamel. A sign of this is your toothbrush bristles are always bent and flat. Be sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and use gentle strokes when brushing. We also recommend drinking plenty of water to be sure that any lingering bacteria is being flushed from your mouth. If you have a previous habit of tooth grinding and have been using a mouthguard, be sure that is still a part of your routine.
If you are experiencing tooth sensitivity and it has become bothersome or you are concerned, please reach out to our office located in Phoenix, AZ 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!