Tooth sensitivity is a common dental problem for many people. It is most often felt when eating or drinking something cold or hot. For some, tooth sensitivity may come and go, but for others it is a constant discomfort that can cause them to avoid eating or drinking. Teeth are designed to provide function and protection of the mouth. The dentin of the tooth is the layer that surrounds the nerves within the tooth and is covered by the enamel and gums. Over time, the enamel of the tooth can become thinner or the gums can begin to recede, both exposing the sensitive roots of the tooth. When any part of the dentin or roots of the tooth are exposed, zaps and sharp sensations can be felt when cold and hot temperatures are put in the mouth. For those who suffer from tooth sensitivity, Dr. Mitul Patel at Family & Cosmetic Dental Care can offer solutions to treat and prevent further sensitivity.
Gum recession is a common cause of tooth sensitivity. Many times age plays a role in gum recession, but brushing too hard is the most common culprit of receding gums. Even using a soft-bristled toothbrush too forcefully in the mouth can cause the gums to recede from the teeth, exposing the sensitive roots of the teeth. Brushing with an abrasive toothpaste can also cause the enamel of the teeth to become damaged, exposing the sensitive dentin layer. Over use of teeth whitening products can also cause teeth to become sensitive; thus they should be used with care and under the supervision of a dentist.
At Family & Cosmetic Dental Care, we can help patients determine the cause of their tooth sensitivity. If the sensitivity is caused by exposed dentin, there are a number of steps we can take to reduce tooth sensitivity. If gum recession is the cause, we can also treat this and prevent it from reoccurring. Let Family & Cosmetic Dental Care be your home for all of your oral health care needs. Call today for an appointment.
Posted by Mitul Patel DDS, Family & Cosmetic Dental Care
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